April 24, 2019
DRIVER WITH MODERATE INJURES IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH
A wreck in Audrain County at 8 o’clock Tuesday night on Route D sent a Mexico man to the hospital. According to the report, 74 year old Donald L. Smiley was northbound when his vehicle went off the left side of the road, struck a culvert, and then became airborne. Smiley was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Mexico for treatment. The patrol received assistance from the Audrain County Sheriff’s office.
WOMAN KILLED IN TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A St. Louis woman was killed in an accident that occurred at 10:15am Tuesday in Jefferson County. 57 year old Dorothy Smith was southbound on I-55 when her car traveled off the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned, partially ejecting her from the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
WASHINGTON RESIDENT HURT IN CRASH
A Washington resident was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Franklin County. 21 year old Alli Meyer was on Highway KK when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and overturned. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.
April 23, 2019
THREE INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
Three people were injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:15pm Monday in Lincoln County. The patrol says that 25 year old Dylan Knoll of Winfield was on Highway 47 when his truck crossed the center line and struck a truck driven by 24 year old Steven Sullivan of Elsberry. Dylan Knoll suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment, while Steven Sullivan and his passenger 22 year old Marisa Cordova of Elsberry were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
MAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK
A St. Louis man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in St. Charles County. 75 year old Michael Owens was eastbound on I-64 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the cable median barrier and also a guardrail. He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
DRIVER INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A driver was injured in a Monday afternoon crash in Franklin County. 66 year old William Pellin of Union was on Liberty School Road when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road, causing his motorcycle to run off the right side of the roadway. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
April 22, 2019
WANTED MAN ARRESTED BY MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT
On Friday, the Moberly Police Department received information from the FBI in Omaha Nebraska in regards to Isaiah Patterson being in the area of Moberly. It was learned Patterson had two full United States extradition felony warrants for his arrest. At that time all MPD units were made aware of the information and began looking for subject. Patterson was wanted on a Federal felony warrant for “Transporting Interstate for Sexual Activity”, Sex Trafficking of a minor with No Bond authorized. He was also being sought on Felony Probation Violation through Iowa, for original charges of Burglary 2nd Degree and weapons charges with a $15,000 cash only bond. During this event a Moberly Officer observed Patterson in the passenger seat of a vehicle near Morley St at Union Av. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and Patterson was taken into custody without incident. Due to one of the warrants yielding “no bond” Patterson was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center to await extradition. Due to Patterson being a wanted fugitive and being located in Missouri, new charges for Fugitive out of State have been forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor. Those charges require an additional $20,000 cash only bond for Patterson. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, and Shelbina Police Department K9 assisted in this event and aided in locating and taking Patterson into custody without incident.
MOBERLY STABBING VICTIM AIRLIFTED TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL SUNDAY
Moberly Police says one person is in custody and the victim is at a Columbia hospital after a stabbing on Williams street Sunday. According to the report, the victim was discovered in a car after a single vehicle accident in the 1500 block of East Rollins Street with a penetration wound on his chest, Police said the victim was attempting to drive himself to Moberly Regional Medical Center. While being treated at the scene, the victim indicated he had been in a fight and was stabbed by Robert “Bobby” Johnson at a home on Williams street in Moberly. As officers converged on that home, numerous signs of an incident taking place were observed and during interviews with witnesses it was confirmed that the subject stabbed the victim who was airlifted to a Columbia hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. Johnson was arrested and is now facing first degree assault and armed criminal action charges
April 19, 2019
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION EXPECTED SOON
On Thursday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson told groups of farmers and volunteer responders he expects to request a federal disaster declaration next week, based on preliminary damage assessments being conducted in 16 Missouri counties in response to historic flooding. Governor Parson said damage assessments have been conducted or will soon be conducted in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, and Scott counties. He said continuing high water levels are preventing crews from assessing damage in Cape Girardeau and Pike counties, but assessments will take place there as soon as possible. “Our preliminary damage assessment teams have more work to do tallying the damage, but it’s already clear that the flooding had devastating effects on homes, roads, bridges, and other essential infrastructure,” Next Friday, April 26, the Governor will join Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for a follow up meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The three Governors met with the Corps in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on April 3. The meeting will continue ongoing discussions the Governors are having with the Corps and other federal officials to identify regional solutions for better future management of the Missouri River system.
JEFF CITY MAN IN COOPER COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Jefferson City man was behind the wheel of a vehicle that ran off the roadway in Cooper County at 11:20 Thursday morning. According to the patrol report, 79 year old Brian M. Proctor was southbound when the vehicle he was in traveled off the right side of MO 179 at River Bluff Road. Proctor sustained minor injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Cooper County Ambulance.
TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WRECK
Two people were injured, one seriously in a one-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in Franklin County. 41 year old Juan Avila of Big Lake, TX was eastbound on I-44 when his car began sliding, traveled off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail, briefly returned to the roadway before running off the left side of the road, striking a median concrete barrier and overturned. He suffered moderate injuries, while his passenger 40 year old Rebecca Perez of Big Lake, TX sustained serious injuries. Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
April 18, 2019
MAN KILLED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
A Washington man was killed in an accident that occurred at 10:05pm Wednesday in St. Louis County. 71 year old Sidney Nusbaum was westbound on I-44 when his Chevy Trailblazer traveled off the right side of the road into the separator cable barrier. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
NEW MILK PLANT OPENS IN COLUMBIA
Missouri Governor Mike Parson was on hand and said it’s huge for the state of Missouri and Columbia. What he was talking about was the official opening of Aurora Organic Dairy which officially opened its Columbia milk plant Wednesday and is expected to create more than 100 new jobs by the year's end. The Governor also said "Anytime you have a company coming to town and they are doing a 150 million dollar investment and 160 new jobs, that are adding to the economy of our state," Parson said. The plant has already hired 100 employees with the majority of workers hired from the Mid-Missouri community. In April of 2017, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that Aurora Organic, a leading producer and processor of store-brand organic milk and butter for U.S. retailers, planned to construct a new dairy processing facility in Columbia, which would create more than 90 jobs initially, and up to 150 total new jobs over the next five years. Based in Boulder, Colo., it operates a heifer farm and organic dairyfarms in Colorado and Texas, as well as organic dairy processing plant in Platteville, Colo. and now you can add Columbia, Mo to that list of processing plants.
SEVERAL PEOPLE REFUSED TREATMENT FOLLOWING A TWO CAR COLLISSION IN BOONE COUNTY
The highway patrol worked a two car crash in Boone County at the intersection of Route WW at Range line around 12:18 Wednesday afternoon. The patrol said 25 year old Taylor M. Clayton of Fayette was eastbound when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a westbound vehicle driven by 19 year old Gracie D. Avery of Columbia. Avery and 3 passengers in her auto identified as 24 year old Lashone Gates, 22 year old Jaron R. Gates, and 18 year old Keajanee Cribbss all had minor injuries and all refused medical attention. The Boone County Fire Department assisted the patrol at the scene.
April 17, 2019
PATROL INVESTIGATES FATAL WRECK IN CALLAWAY COUNTY
The highway patrol investigated a fatality accident in Callaway County during the noon hour Tuesday. According to the report, Oscar Serrano-Guevara was eastbound on I-70 at the 142 mile marker when his pickup experienced a flat tire. At that point the vehicle traveled into the median, struck the median cable and overturned. The driver was pronounced deceased by a Doctor at University Hospital. A passenger, 43 year old Edwin Cruz-Nedrano had minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene. Both the driver and passenger were from Costa Mesa, CA.
SAME MAN WHO WAS ON COLUMBIA SCHOOL PROPERTY LAST WEEK RESULTING IN A SCARE WAS ARRESTED AND JAILED AFTER DOING IT AGAIN!
Columbia Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at West Middle School, 401 Clinkscales Rd., on April 16 at approximately 7:10 a.m. The vehicle had left the area prior to officers arrival, however, during the course of the investigation, officers were able to review video and obtain a description of the vehicle. As a result of the investigation CPD identified the vehicle as one belonging to Kelvin Joe, 53, of Columbia. On April 9, Columbia Police investigated two suspicious incidents at Gentry Middle School and Columbia Independent School. The individual involved in both of those incidents, Kelvin Joe, voluntarily spoke with police and was cited for 1st Degree Trespass and Driving While Revoked. Joe was also issued a trespass warning which prohibits Joe from being on Columbia Public School Property. Officers contacted Joe and confirmed he was the individual at West Middle School around 7:10 am this morning. Joe was arrested for 1st Degree Trespass. Due to Joe willfully violating the trespass warning from the previous incident, Columbia Police have requested a bond increase and the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has petitioned the judge for a higher bond. Joe will be remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail where bond will be set.
SERIOUS INJURIES IN RALLS COUNTY WRECK WHEN DRIVER ATTEMPTS TO AV OID DEER COLLISION
A New London driver was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash in Ralls County on Highway A, east of Dogwood Road, approximately 6 miles north of Center at 6:00 Tuesday morning. The highway patrol said 36 year old Ryan M. Hall was westbound and attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway. His auto went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and became airborne. His vehicle then struck the embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its side. Hall sustained serious injuries and was flown by Survival Flight to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol was assisted by the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department.
April 16, 2019
OVERLAY PROJECT TO BEGIN FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 94 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting, on Monday, April 22, an overlay project on Missouri Route 94 in Montgomery County is set to begin. The project goes from 0.20 mile east of Bluffton Road to Missouri Route 19. Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zones while the work is completed. Message boards will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work. Please obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions
MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
An Owensville man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:10pm Tuesday in Franklin County. 27 year old Josef Tyler was riding his motorcycle on Route AT when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK
A woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Jefferson County. 71 year old Marilyn Hannick of Hillsboro, MO was on 5431 Tishomingo Road when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert, became airborne, overturned, struck a mailbox and a fence. She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.
April 15, 2019
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:20pm Sunday in Warren County. The patrol says that 21 year old Derrick Hillerman of Villa Ridge, MO was on Route TT when he became distracted, causing his car to cross the center line and strike another car driven by 41 year old Emmanuel Stergen of Washington, AR. Stergen was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.
COLUMBIA REGIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY REOPENED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Columbia Regional Airport runway 13-31 reopened at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 after being closed for modifications. The runway was closed this past Tuesday morning, April 9 after pilot safety and customer experience concerns were brought to light regarding the crown on runway 2-20 where it crosses runway 13-31. The original estimation for reopening was late Monday, April 15 or early Tuesday, April 16. Columbia Interim City Manager John Glascock said Saturday in a release that he was pleased to announce that runway 13-31 at COU opened ahead of schedule and again apologized to customers who were impacted by closure of the runway even though it was FAA compliant. Glascock said COU’s airline partners have indicated they plan to resume service either today (Mon) or Tuesday, depending on their schedules and encouraged travelers to reach out to the airlines for specific flight details.
FAYETTE POLICE CHIEF ISSUES WARNING TO RESIDENTS
Chief Jeff Oswald with the Fayette Police Department issued a warning to area citizens this past Saturday following an incident that took place Friday morning, April 12tharound 7:40 AM inside the city limits of Fayette. In the release, Oswald said a Fayette citizen contacted police after an individual appearing to be local law enforcement was pulled over and contacted by an unidentified white male in a black or dark colored SUV with a spotlight. The report said the subject pulled up behind the reporting party and activated a siren. He did not display or activate any emergency vehicle lighting, nor did he identify himself as law enforcement or ask for license or other relevant paperwork. The man approached the vehicle and informed the citizen that their brake lights were not working. He then got back into his vehicle and left, traveling south on Highway 5 at a high rate of speed. The subject is described as a white male, approximately 35 to 40 years of age, approximately five feet nine inches tall, bald and heavy set. He was dressed in black cargo pants, black button up shirt, and badge with “Police” on it. He was wearing a duty belt that held a long flashlight and a small pouch attached, but did not appear to be carrying a firearm. The PD is asking anyone who may have witnessed or encountered this same type of incident to call with any information that may assist in the investigation.
Weekend Report- April 13-14, 2019
FULTON MAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Fulton man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 7am Sunday in Callaway County. 39 year old Lionelle Martin was on Route F when he lost control of his car on the slush covered road, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway, coming to rest in a ditch. He received medical treatment at the scene for minor injuries, as he refused to be transported by an ambulance to any hospital.
TEENS INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A teenage boy from Holts Summit and 3 teenage girls from New Bloomfield were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Callaway County. The patrol says that 18 year old Thason Graham was on County Road 371 when he failed to stop at a stop sign and also failed to negotiate a curve, resulting in his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road and overturning. He was taken to Capital Region Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while his 3 passengers’ ranging from 16 to 17 year’s old were taken to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
DRIVER SUSTAINS MODERATE INJURIES IN CRASH
A driver sustained moderate injuries in a Saturday morning crash in Morgan County. 61 year old Jeffrey Lumpe of Barnett, MO was on Route AA when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his truck to run off the right side of the roadway, began to slide and struck an electrical pole. He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment of moderate injuries.
April 12, 2019
SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN ON MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting, Monday, April 15th, work will begin on the Missouri Route 19 slide repair project, located at the southeast corner of the intersection with the Interstate 70 south outer road near New Florence, in Montgomery County.
“The current embankment will be removed, and new rock will be placed to hold the soil securely in place,” said Area Engineer Erik Maninga, P.E.
Traffic may be reduced to one lane while this work is completed, so please be aware of traffic control that is in place. Obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions. Crews will be installing signs to let motorists know of the upcoming work.
APRIL IS NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH
Spring weather brings an increase in projects that may require digging or excavation work around your home or business. Before you start digging on any project, the Missouri Public Service Commission reminds homeowners and businesses to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE (344-7483) or go online to place a locate request at www.mo1call.com so that underground utilities can be marked.
“Contacting the Missouri One Call Center by either calling or going online is extremely important before doing any digging or excavation work,” said Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Ryan Silvey. “Help protect yourself, your family and your property by making sure you call or click before you dig. It’s smart and it’s the law.”
Whether you are planting a tree, building a deck or completing a large project, Missouri law requires anyone digging underground to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE at least three working days before excavation begins. The call will be taken by the Missouri One Call Center, which then notifies all relevant utilities in the project area.
During this three day period, the utilities will mark the approximate location of their underground lines, request additional information or advise you that they do not have facilities at the excavation site.
Hitting an underground line can cause serious injury, it could disrupt service to you and other customers and it could potentially result in fines and repair costs.
For more information, please go to Missouri One Call at mo1call.com.
MDC AND MODOT’S ANNUAL TRASH BASH STARTS MONDAY
Missouri’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash will be held April 15 - May 15.
The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Transportation as part of an ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign. The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter all across Missouri, from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities in April also include educational efforts in schools, through community events, Earth Day celebrations, media promotions and more.
In 2018, 65,185 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the spring No MOre Trash! Bash. In addition, people attended educational events stressing the importance of not littering.
No MOre Trash! was introduced in 2002 and is a year-round effort. The No MOre Trash! Bash is a special event that has been held each spring since 2004.
Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit.nomoretrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).
April 11, 2019
COLUMBIA POLICE COMPLETES INVESTIGATION OF REPORTED SUSPICIOUS INDIVIDUAL
The Columbia Police Department has concluded the investigation involving Kelvin Joe, 53, of Columbia. The investigation included reports of a suspicious individual approaching and speaking to adults and children at several locations in Columbia, including a report from a student at Gentry Middle School. Interim Police Chief Geoff Jones said some of the stories reported by media outlets and assumptions posted on social media suggest that a local student was being lured into a vehicle. The investigation has shown that this is false. Statements were taken from both the suspect and witnesses. Investigators also viewed the surveillance video of the interaction provided by Columbia Public Schools. Information gathered confirms Kelvin Joe tried to give the student money by asking him to come to the passenger side of the car and when the student walked away the money was left in the parking lot. At no time did Joe attempt to have a student enter his vehicle. The Chief went on to say Joe turned himself into the CPD lobby minutes after the Media conference on Tuesday evening. He has cooperated fully and was charged based on the complete information gathered during the investigation. Joe was cited for Trespass in the 1st Degree and Driving While Revoked. As an added measure of security to protect the well-being of students, Joe was issued a no trespass warning, which prohibits him from being on Columbia Public School property.
HIGHWAY PATROL ARRESTS IN AREA
The highway patrol reported the following arrests from around the area. 26 year old Luisa L. Barette of Columbia was taken to the Callaway County Jail and later released after being arrested at 5:50 AM Wednesday morning on charges of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, speeding, failure to register a motor vehicle and no insurance. 32 year old Douglas R. Barnes of Moberly was wanted on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear for Driving while Revoked and a seat belt violation. He was transported to the Randolph County Jail in Huntsville shortly after being arrested at 2:07 PM Wednesday.
YOUNG TURKEY HUNTERS HARVEST 2,540 BIRDS DURING YOUTH WEEKEND
According to preliminary data from Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 2,540 turkeys during the 2019 spring youth season, April 6 and 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 61 turkeys harvested, Laclede with 56, and Texas with 52. Warm weather and sunny skies helped increase this year’s youth-weekend harvest over last year’s where young hunters checked 1,729 turkeys.
Spring turkey hunting continues with the upcoming regular spring turkey hunting season April 15 through May 5.
April 10, 2019
MAN KILLED IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A New Haven man was killed in an accident that occurred at 1:05am Wednesday in Franklin County. 51 year old Brian Luecker was on Missouri 30 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN CALLAWAY COUNTYTUESDAY
The patrol said they investigated a crash that happened at the junction of County Roads 304 and 305 at 7:00 Tuesday night. According to the report, 38 year old Johnny L. Stephens of Columbia was eastbound and preparing to make a turn when a westbound auto driven by 25 year old Adarian J. Johnson of Columbia failed to yield and the two vehicles crashed into each other. Johnson had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
MOTORCYCLE CRASH MONDAY NIGHT RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES
A Hannibal man crashed his motorcycle in Marion County on Route KK, four miles south of Palmyra. 27 year old Jared R. Beere of Hannibal received moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Air Evac. The patrol said the wreck occurred Monday night around 7:49 PM as Beere’s was northbound on Route KK.
April 9, 2019
DRIVER HURT IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A driver was hurt in an accident that occurred at 4:15am Tuesday in Franklin County. 30 year old Andrew Lay of Villa Ridge was on Highway 100 when his car ran off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail, reentered the roadway, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
MAN INJURED IN COOPER COUNTY WRECK
A Jefferson City man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Cooper County. 54 year old Leo Ahlers was on Route B when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, he overcorrected and overturned onto the roadway. He was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY RESPONDS TO GRASS FIRE
On Saturday, April 6 at approximately 12:41 PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of Ringo in reference to a grass fire. Responding personnel found a small grass fire that was being extinguished by the caller and some passersby. The fire was still found to be burning in a yard and along a fence line. The fire was contained and extinguished in those areas. There were no injuries and no personal property damaged. A resident reported burning some yard waste then going over to help a neighbor and noticed the fire had spread to some adjoining property. Firefighters also responded to a large grass fire in Cooper County yesterday afternoon.
April 8, 2019
DRIVER KILLED TRYING TO OUTRUN AUTHORITIES
A New Florence man is dead after trying to outrun authorities in Montgomery County early Sunday morning. The highway patrol said 53 year old Thomas E. Penn of New Florence was being pursued by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department when his vehicle traveled off the roadway and overturned multiple times, ejecting the driver. The crash occurred on Hudon Road, 300 feet east of Hudson Street at 2:50 AM Sunday. David Colbert, the Montgomery County Coroner pronounced Penn dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s department indicated they tried to stop Penn on a traffic violation in New Florence. Penn refused to stop and took off at a high rate of speed. His body was transported to Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City.
CAR AND MOTORCYCLE COLLIDE IN COLUMBIA
The Columbia Police Department responded to an injury accident involving a car and a motorcycle late Sunday night. Names were not immediately available but we do know the crash was at the intersection of West Broadway and Strawn Road in Columbia and at least one person was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. No other information was available at the time.
COLUMBIA REGIONAL AIRPORT IN THE NEWS
Columbia Regional Airport has been receiving a lot of publicity, but not the kind they like after the sudden temporary cancellation of flights by regional carriers at COU citing issues with runway issues and safety concerns. The cancellations have caused many people to delay travel plans, work to rebook flights from other airports, and caused frustration and anger. The issue involves concerns with the crown on the main airports runway where it intersects with another runway. COU has been posting updates on their facebook page and are working around the clock to resolve the carriers concerns and resume normal operations as soon as possible.
Weekend Report- April 6-7, 2019
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
A Belle man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred at 1:15pm Saturday in Osage County. 51 year old Tommy Wilcox was riding his motorcycle on Route P when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his motorcycle to travel off the right side of the roadway, strike a ditch and overturned. He was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK
A St. Charles woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday evening in St. Charles County. 65 year old Patricia Dziuba was on Highway 94 when she failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the road and overturned. She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Progress West Hospital for treatment.
MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A St. Louis man was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in St. Louis County. The patrol says that two cars were both northbound on the ramp to Lindbergh Blvd from southbound I-270 when the first car driven by 61 year old Terry Hancock began to slow down and was then struck in the rear by the second car driven by 20 year old Connor Sawyer of St. Louis. Terry Hancock was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
April 5, 2019
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE J & SOUTH OUTER ROAD TO CLOSE NEAR DANVILLE
Last year Missouri Route 161/Route J in Montgomery County was closed as construction took place to construct a new bridge over Interstate 70 near Danville. Since the completion of the bridge, the roadways have been open to traffic, but some remaining work needs to take place. On Monday, April 8th, the South Outer Road and Route J will close so that earthwork may be completed before the contractor completes remaining asphalt operations. All of this work will take up to 2 weeks to complete, and the roads will remain closed during this time. The ramps and bridge will remain open. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the upcoming closures. While the south outer road is closed, motorists will be detoured to Callaway County Route YY (Exit 161) and to Missouri Route 19.
COOPER COUNTY ACCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON
A Kansas City man was transported by Cooper County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after an accident on Interstate 70 eastbound at the 111 mile marker. The highway patrol said the wreck occurred around 3:30 Thursday afternoon when a small pickup driven by 51 year old Thomas L. Scott of Kansas City, MO struck an eastbound semi that was slowing due to traffic congestion. The semi was driven by 28 year old Mitchell B. Heath of Iola, WI. No other injuries were reported.
VERY SIMILAR ACCIDENT TO ONE ABOVE IN NEARLY THE SAME SPOT A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR EARLIER
The highway patrol was busy in Cooper County Thursday afternoon as an very similar accident took place in nearly the same location in the eastbound lanes of I-70 in Cooper County a little over an hour earlier. The patrol said 59 year old Tenia. S. Briseno of Columbia was eastbound at the 113 mile marker at 2:17 PM Thursday and attempted to slow as an 18 wheeler had came to a stop due to traffic congestion but her vehicle slid into the semi which was driven by 50 year old Matthew T. Glaser of Lohman, MO. Neither driver was injured; however a passenger in the auto that slid into the semi identified as 81 year old Elta A. Johnson of Fulton received serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Cooper County Ambulance. Both wrecks occurred in nearly the same area which the patrol said is a construction zone.
April 4, 2019
MODERATE INJURIES FOR HOWARD COUNTY MAN WHEN HE CRASHES MOTORCYCLE
A 71 year old Fayette man sustained moderate injuries when he failed to negotiate a curve on a Howard County highway.. The patrol said Theodore L. Spayde was westbound on Route EE, 1 mile east of Route W around 4:20 Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle went off the right side of the roadway, Spayde was ejected from his motorcycle. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
MINOR INJURIES FOR ONE DRIVER WHEN VEHICLES COLLIDE IN INTERSECTION
A 25 year old Columbia woman sustained minor injuries and was transported to University Hospital by Ambulance after her vehicle and another car, driven by 32 year old Megan H. Becwar of Columbia collided in the intersection of Route K and MO 163. That accident was reported at 6:40 AM Wednesday morning.
HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER
With 896,570 Missourians labeled as “food insecure” according to the Map the Meal Gap 2016 study, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry families across the state. For the fourth consecutive year, insurance agents are accepting donations from now to April 30 at their local offices to be distributed to Feeding Missouri agencies in their communities. There are more than 1,500 Feeding Missouri locations throughout the state.
While most non-perishable donations are appreciated, some food items allow local pantries to better meet the needs of the communities they serve. These items include: canned tuna or chicken, boxed or bagged pasta, canned soup or chili, boxed crackers, peanut butter and instant mashed potatoes. Monetary donations are encouraged as well. All checks collected stay in the region. According to the Map the Meal Gap 2016 study, 241,830 Missouri children are experiencing food insecurity. In the final days of April, each Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance office will take the donations to a local pantry to be weighed. A statewide grand total of donations in pounds will be announced along with the total monetary donations. In 2018, the Home Run Against Hunger campaign garnered nearly 16 tons of food and $6,000.
April 3, 2019
MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS- UNOFFICIAL
The Montgomery County R-2 Tax Levy issue passed by a 54 percent majority in Tuesday’s Municipal Election, while the City of New Florence Alderman Ward 1 race went to Andrew Johnson over Louis Johnson. Jake Sewell defeated Daryl Goseen Jr. in the City of Wellsville Alderman First Ward race and the City of Wellsville Mayor went to Howard Steele over Paula Adams.
OTHER RACES AND ISSUES:
In Lincoln County the R-3 Prop. K.I.D.S. issue failed while R. Gabe Twellman was elected to the Lincoln County R-1 Board of Education. Jim Schirmer beat Brian Chorley for the City of Hermann Alderman Ward 2 seat, while the bond issue passed by a 53 percent majority and the Gasconade County R-1 Board of Education spots went to Tim Schulte and Dorothy (Dot) Schoening. The Gasconade County Sales Tax was defeated by a 60 percent margin while the City of Bland Local Use Tax issue failed by a wider margin of 94 percent against it. All three Proposition issues on the ballot in Jefferson City, Prop. B about term limits, Prop. C the City Prosecutor Question and Prop. D about conflicts of interest passed easily in Tuesday’s Municipal Election.
STATE AUDITOR SAYS REVENUE DEPARTMENT BROKE THE LAW
Missouri's state auditor says the Revenue Department broke the law and showed a clear pattern of mismanagement by not using a public process to change tax withholding tables. Those tables are used to calculate how much to take from workers' paychecks throughout the year for income taxes and said when the tables were revised, state law was violated as there wasn’t a proposed regulation change which would have allowed for public input. Galloway says the Revenue Department didn't follow state law when it revised those tables in January without proposing a regulation change, which would have allowed for public input. In a response included with the audit, the former director of the department said the agency will work to update state regulations.
April 2, 2019
TODAY IS THE SPRING MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Polls opened at 6 o’clock this morning and will remain open until 7 PM tonight so that voters can cast their ballots on a number of issues of interest. Today is the General municipal election and traditionally the biggest election of the year as far as number of issues to decide. Every county in the state will have races or issues to decide in the April General Municipal election including numerous bond and levy issues along with the traditional school board, county and city government races and so much more. Again, the polls will remain open until 7 o’clock tonight.
CALLAWAY COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARREST MACON MAN ON THEFT CHARGES
The Callaway County Sheriff’s office arrested a Macon man for stealing and receiving stolen property this past Thursday. The Callaway County Prosecutor has charged 41 year old Frederick Michael Nerini of Macon with the felony offenses of Stealing and Receiving Stolen Property. Nerini was arrested this past week in Millersburg and additional arrests are possible as authorities continue to investigate the theft of ATV and UTV vehicles on County Road 305 in rural parts of the county and the theft of a trailer west of Fulton. Nerini was still in custody at last report on a $5000.00 bond. The Sheriff’s office says several items that were stolen have been recovered
RALLS COUJNTY WRECK RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES FOR HANNIBAL WOMAN
The highway patrol investigated another collision involving a deer and a vehicle just after 8:30 Monday morning, this time in Ralls County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said 66 year old Patricia K. Egbert of Hannibal was westbound on Route N, 2 miles west of Saverton when she tried to avoid colliding with a deer that was on the roadway. Instead of hitting the deer, her vehicle traveled off the roadway, overturned and struck a utility pole resulting in extensive damage. Egbert received moderate injuries and was transported by Marion County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.
MISSOURI CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is celebrating National Public Health Week, April 1-7 by highlighting the power of prevention, managing successful public health partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system. NPHW is celebrated each year during the first week of April. This year’s state theme is Missouri’s Call to Action: Public Health Matters.
Investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference and it plays a critical role in keeping individuals and communities healthy. Some of the greatest achievements of public health include vaccinations, safer work places, safer and healthier foods, control of infectious diseases, fluoridation of drinking water, public health preparedness and recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard.
Each day of NPHW 2019, DHSS will focus on a different public health topic to move Missouri forward in bettering the health of its citizens. Monday’s theme was Infant, Child and Adolescent Health; Tuesday’s theme is Opioids, Violence and Suicide Prevention; Wednesday’s theme is Rural Health; Thursday’s theme is Technology and Public Health; and Friday’s theme is Maternal and Women’s Health.
April 1, 2019
MAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK
An Imperial man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Jefferson County. 29 year old Gregory Bridgmon was on Highway M when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to return to the road, run off the right side of the roadway and overturned. He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.
TWO CAR COLLISION IN RALLS COUNTY SATURDAY
A New London resident and a Hannibal resident were involved in a collision on Friday in Ralls County on Route T, 3 miles south of Hannibal. According to the patrol 66 year old Brenda S. Henderson of New London was Southbound on Route T. A northbound auto, driven by 17 year old Halley S. Smith of Hannibal attempted to make a left hand turn and turned in the path of the Henderson auto.
RANCH WORKER INJURED IN FARM ACCIDENT AT CIRCLE A RANCH
This past Friday, at approximately 9:15 am, Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Circle A Ranch, north of Huntsville in reference to a farm accident.
Upon arrival, deputies learned that two employees were using a loader to drive a fence post. The loader bucket slipped off of the fence post, causing one of the employees to fall to the ground and the loader rolled over the subject. The victim was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Randolph County Ambulance District.
Weekend Report- March 30-31, 2019
FULTON WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Fulton woman was injured in an accident that occurred just before 4pm Saturday in Montgomery County. The patrol says that 56 year old Tracey Duffey of Kennesaw, GA was westbound on I-70 and slowing for traffic when her truck was struck from behind by a car driven by 36 year old Tracy Ferguson of Fulton which in turn was struck in the rear by a car driven by 58 year old Malinda Angel of Fulton. The only injured was Tracy Ferguson and she was transported by ambulance to Boone Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK
An Arnold man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Jefferson County. 39 year old David Rutledge was on Old Highway 21 when his van traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. He was taken to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN CRASH
Another crash occurred Sunday morning in Jefferson County, this one resulted in minor injuries for the driver as 49 year old Karin Worth of Festus was on Missouri 30 when her car ran off the right side of the road, struck a street sign, an embankment before overturning. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.
March 29, 2019
TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN THURSDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
Two drivers were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 7:20pm Thursday in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 70 year old Sharon Hooper of Imperial was on Highway 30 when she attempted a left turn onto LA Kenny Lane and pulled into the path of a car driven by 54 year old Karen Choate of House Springs and Choate’s car struck Hooper’s car in the passenger side. Karen Choate sustained serious injuries, while Sharon Hooper suffered minor injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.
WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK
A Warrenton woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday night in St. Charles County. 24 year old Samantha Hearst was on Highway 364 when her car slid into the center median wall. She was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.
MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH
An Imperial man was injured in a Thursday morning crash in Jefferson County. 24 year old Jacob Duffel was southbound on I-55 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign, began overturning before striking a rock bluff. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.
March 28, 2019
WEATHER CONCERNS AND ADDITIONAL FLOODING
Several rounds of rain are possible between now and early Saturday and the National Weather Service says rainfall amounts of two to three inches are expected which may aggravate current Missouri River flooding issues. Moderate to major river flooding is already occurring along the Missouri from Brownville to Parkville and eastward toward Glasgow and Boonville. The latest forecast is calling for showers and thunderstorms to develop sometime Thursday afternoon and continue off and on through midday Saturday. While there’s a good chance for showers and thunderstorms throughout the period, the best chance is Friday and Friday night. Due to the expected rainfall, the National Weather Service issued a Hydrologic outlook and says the potential is strong for additional flooding and that additional statements, watches and potential flood warnings may in fact be necessary.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A De Soto man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 3:40am Thursday in Cooper County. The patrol says that 56 year old Frank Stogsdill was riding his motorcycle on MO 5 when he failed to yield to emergency vehicles and his motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a field entrance, overturned and ejected him from the motorcycle. He was transported by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
POWER OUTAGE IN RANDOLPH COUNTY WEDNESDAY NIGHT
A major power outage affected a large number of people in Randolph County late Wednesday afternoon and early evening. Ameren UE said a problem developed at a Moberly substation and that was the reason for the power disruption. Several thousand customers were affected including over 1600 customers in southern parts of Moberly and further south. In addition another 1000 plus customers in the Huntsville area, over 800 customers to the east of Moberly and in the Madison area as well as 100 plus customers in the Clark area.
March 27, 2019
TEACHER RESIGNS AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSUALT
A Teacher at the Mendon school district has been charged with having sexual contact with a high school senior. Superintendent Eric Hoyt said Tuesday in a written statement that a staff member involved in a criminal investigation resigned, but did not identify the teacher by name. On Monday, authorities said an arrest warrant for 27 year old Blair Bruner of Marceline had been issued on a felony charge of sexual contact with a student. The warrant carries a $10,000 cash only bond. KMIZ TV report Bruner is accused of sending lewd photos via the social media service Snapchat to a senior at Northwestern R-I High School in Mendon and touching him inappropriately, according to court documents. Bruner was the special education teacher for grades 7-12 at the time the offenses are alleged to have happened, starting in November or December. The school district placed her on paid leave and she was set to resign this month. The alleged crime was discovered when a school board member saw one of the photos on the student's phone and alerted school officials, who then contacted law enforcement, according to the probable cause statement filed in Bruner's case. She started with the Mendon school district this past August, the superintendent told investigators. As of Tuesday, Bruner had not been booked into the Chariton County Jail.
MODOT ISSUES WAIVER IN RESPONSE TO FLOODING AND STATE OF EMERGENCY
In response to flooding and the state of emergency declared by Gov. Parson over the weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation will allow heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways. The allowance will help get flood-fighting supplies to communities and expedite needed repairs of roads, levees, railroads, etc. While the waiver is in effect, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways. The waiver will remain in effect through April 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:
- A loaded, gross weight no greater than 10 percent above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;
- Transportation of rock, sand and gravel only within the state of Missouri;
- Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;
- When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;
- Travel is only allowed on non-interstate highways. NO TRAVEL IS ALLOWED ON MISSOURI INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS.
For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.
INSURANCE TIPS FOR MISSOURIANS AFFECTED BY FLOODING
As portions of Missouri continue to deal with severe flooding, the Missouri Department of Insurance reminds consumers who have insurance questions or concerns to contact the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline for assistance at 800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov. The department’s Resources for Flood Victims page answers a variety of frequently asked questions regarding flood damage and related issues.
The Department offers these tips for consumers affected by the flooding:
- Depending on the severity of your loss, you may want to consider obtaining damage estimates to help you determine whether to file a claim.
- Contact your insurance agent or your company's toll-free claims number if you determine you do need to file a claim.
- If you have lost your insurance company's contact information, the department may be able to help you locate it. Contact the department at insurance.mo.gov or by calling 800-726-7390.
- Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. For example, a hole in the roof should be covered by a tarp or other materials to keep out rain and animals. The same goes for a broken car window. Otherwise, further damage will likely not be covered by your insurance policy. Keep the receipts for materials you buy, so you can be reimbursed.
- Do not make permanent repairs until your insurance company has inspected the damage. If you do, your company may not reimburse you.
- Once your claim is processed, get estimates from contractors or auto repair shops known to you or recommended by someone you trust. Be suspicious of strangers who offer to do repairs for you.
- Do not let contractors inspect your property if you're not watching. Some unscrupulous companies will cause damage to drive up the repair cost, and your insurance company will likely not cover the additional cost.
- Do not pay the whole repair bill in advance. Pay in full only when the work is completed according to your agreement.
- Business owners can refer to the department's small business insurance page, which offers information on commercial property, business interruption insurance and more.
- If you believe your insurance company has improperly handled your claim, file a complaint with us.
March 26, 2019
PATROL AIRCRAFT ASSISTS WITH VEHICLE PURSUIT OF ASSAULT SUSPECTS
This past Sunday afternoon around 1:30 PM, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department contacted the Highway Patrol Troop F communications and requested assistance with a pursuit. The vehicle and occupants were wanted for 2nd degree assault. Initially, the pursuit traveled on Interstate 70 eastbound from the 170-mile marker. The vehicle exited at Missouri Highway 19 and re-entered I-70 westbound. At this time, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department received reports of the passenger brandishing a firearm and the suspect vehicle was reportedly attempting to run other vehicles off the roadway. Patrol aircraft 93MP responded to the area to assist. The aircraft began tracking the vehicle on I-70 westbound at the 143-mile marker, allowing ground vehicles to reduce speed and follow at a safe distance. Near the 121-mile marker, the vehicle struck spikes deployed by a trooper. However, the vehicle regained control and continued westbound. At this time, the pursuit traveled into the Patrol's Troop A area. Troop A officers responded eastbound and deployed spikes east of Missouri Highway J in Saline County. The vehicle struck the spikes and exited onto northbound Hwy J, before coming to a stop. Two occupants were taken into custody without further incident. The subjects were relayed back to Montgomery County and released into the custody of sheriff’s deputies.
PERSON WITH GUNSHOT WOUND SHOWS UP AT SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
KMIZ TV in Columbia reports Boone County deputies are investigating and said a person showed up to the department headquarters with a gunshot wound. The person arrived at the department building on County Drive around 10 p.m., according to a deputy on scene. The deputy told ABC 17 News that more information would come out through a news release.
FIRE ALARM TESTS AT THREE COLUMBIA PARKING GARAGES FRIDAY
Annual tests of the fire alarm systems at three parking garages will take place on Friday, March 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The tests will be done on the systems at the Fifth and Walnut, Eighth and Cherry and Short Street garages. The tests will include the brief activation of horns and strobe lights to ensure everything is in proper working order.
March 25, 2019
SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY MAN IN BOONE COUNTY WRECK
The highway patrol said a Moberly man had serious injuries in a single vehicle wreck in Boone County Saturday night around 9:10 PM. The repot indicated, Dennis W. Hay, age 36, of Moberly was southbound on US 63, south of Route H, when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway and crossed a grassy median. The auto then crossed the on-ramp from Route H onto 63, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Hay was transported by Boone County EMS to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
DEPUTY STRUCK BY CAR RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
A former Kirksville police officer who is now a sheriff's deputy in Moniteau County, Missouri, continues to recover after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. According to KTVO's sister station, KRCG, deputy Jason Partin, 45, of California, Missouri, has been released from the hospital. Partin was conducting a traffic stop Thursday night, when a passing vehicle struck him. According to Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley, Partin was released from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Partin is originally from Memphis, Missouri, and graduated from Scotland County High School. He was an officer with the Kirksville Police Department several years ago.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE MOBERLY POLICE
The Moberly Police Department arrested a man who tried to flee on foot Friday night when Police attempted to make a traffic stop around 10:22 PM Friday in the 800 block of St. Charles Street. Police said the driver of the car; 22 year old Joshua Carter exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later. Police found three grams of methamphetamine and two syringes in the vehicle he was driving. Carter was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and felony resisting arrest. Carter is currently on probation for prior drug and burglary convictions. He was being held at the Randolph County Jail in Huntsville on a $20,000 cash only bond.
Weekend Report- March 23-24, 2019
TEEN KILLED AND TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A teen was killed and another teen seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:20pm Friday in Pike County. 18 year old Kaleo Dade of Bowling Green was on Route E when his car struck a deer in the roadway, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and strike an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger 17 year old Kyle Horner of Curryville was transported by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
TROY MAN HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A Troy man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Lincoln County. 25 year old Madison Wegrzyn was on Route J when his truck ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a mailbox, returned to the road and then traveled off the right side of the road again before hitting an embankment and overturning. He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
WOMAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH
A woman was injured in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 51 year old Jill Vandeel of Nathrop, CO was riding her motorcycle on MO 94 and due to an earlier oil spill, it slid on the road, overturned and ejected her from the motorcycle. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.
March 22, 2019
COLUMBIA HOME INVASION CAUGHT ON CAMERA
Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a report of a home invasion in the 1500 block of Spiros Drive at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Thursday. The investigation revealed that three males forced entry into the residence while brandishing firearms and claiming to be with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. The suspects were not wearing clothing that resembled police officers; they were wearing civilian clothing that was described as light-colored hoodies, which they used to conceal their faces. One suspect was wearing camouflage pants, a second suspect was wearing light-colored pants and the third suspect was wearing dark-colored pants. No items were taken and no injuries were reported. The suspects fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. With assistance from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police used a K-9 to track the suspects, but the K-9 lost the scent.
"Columbia Police Department officers will always be in full uniform when executing a search warrant, which includes the patrol uniform or the tactical uniform. The tactical uniform is identifiable as a police officer from any angle," Lt. Lance Bolinger said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
FMCSA ISSUES EMERGENCY DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF THE MIDWEST FLOODS
In response to extensive flooding in the Midwest, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exempted truck drivers involved in flood relief efforts from certain regulations, including hours of service. FMCSA has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts in the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Drivers can take advantage of the waiver as long as they are providing direct assistance in support of the flood relief effort, which is in effect until the emergency is over or until 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2019, whichever comes first. This emergency declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance to the emergency relief effort while transporting supplies, equipment, fuel and persons into and from the affected States. Commercial motor vehicle operations providing other assistance in the form of emergency services in the affected states are also granted regulatory relief during the emergency.
The emergency order does not exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements.
NORTHWESTERN R1 ADOPTS 4 DAY SCHOOL WEEK
Next School year, students at Northwestern R-1 will be doing something students before then haven’t done as they will only be attending school four days a week instead of the traditional five. Eric Hoyt, Superintendent and Athletic Director at Northwestern R-I has approved implementation of the plan. That means Northwestern R-1 will feature a 4 day a week calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. The Board of Education and Administration feel this is a plan that values precious instructional time is fiscally responsible, and is attractive to current teachers and teacher candidates. This plan shows that students will be in class Tuesday through Friday as school will not be in session on Mondays. Hoyt encourages those with questions to contact his office at the school in Mendon by calling (660) 272-3201.
March 21, 2019
GRAIN BELT EXPRESS RECEIVED APPROVAL WEDNESDAY
The long fought after GFrain Belt Express was granted approval Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission for an electric transmission line that will transport wind energy from western Kansas through Missouri and on to the East Coast. Even though Proponents of the project have been granted approval, the project is far from complete as the Missouri Landowners Alliance and Eastern Missouri Landowners Alliance said they would appeal the commission’s decision. The groups argue Grain Belt Express is not a public utility under Missouri law. The 780-mile transmission line would go through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The project would make available 500 megawatts of energy for Missouri utilities. The transmission line would cross 206 miles in the Show-Me-State, running through Chariton, Randolph and Monroe counties
FLAGS ORDERED TO HALF STAFF IN MISSOURI
On Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at government buildings statewide be lowered to half-staff on Thursday to honor Army Reserve Specialist Jackson D. Johnson, of Hillsboro, Mo. He was killed in-the-line-of-duty when the vehicle he was in collided with another vehicle in northern Kuwait on March 5.
TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY GROWTH AND MISSOURI
The Missouri Chamber Foundation has released a new report that projects Missouri will be among the nation’s top 10 states for technology industry growth over the next five years. The report, written by a nationally-recognized economic consultant, was released Wednesday during the Missouri Chamber’s Technology 2030 Conference in St. Louis. As the industry spreads out from its traditional base in coastal cities, the report says Missouri is well-poised to benefit. The state remains a relatively low-cost option compared to coastal cities. Kansas City and St. Louis have earned national reputations as outstanding locations for tech businesses.
MODOT REMINDS MOTORISTS DO NOT IGNORE BARRICADES
With numerous state highways in northwest Missouri closed due to flooding, the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding motorists not to move or attempt to drive around barricades that block flooded roads. MoDOT and law enforcement officials report they continue to see drivers either maneuver around the road blocks or move them to get through. Once flood waters have receded, MoDOT crews must clear debris and inspect for any damage before deciding if the road is safe for travel. Once the road is deemed safe, crews will remove the barricades and reopen the route for traffic.
March 20, 2019
BRIDGE PATCHING PLANNED FOR LOUTRE RIVER BRIDGE ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting, beginning at 8:00 p.m. tonight, March 20 contractor crews will temporarily close one lane of Interstate 70 in Montgomery County at Loutre River Bridge, located west of Danville, for bridge patching. The lane will reopen at 5:30 a.m. on March 21. Work will continue and one lane will close again at 8:00 p.m. on March 21, and reopen at 5:30 a.m. on March 22. Please use caution if you will be traveling through this area. Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 12:45pm Tuesday in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 33 year old Travis Hutton of St. Charles was on US 67 when his Dodge Caravan ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne and overturned. He was transported by ambulance to Barnes Jewish Hospital with serious injuries, while his passenger 29 year old Sara Stiles of Dow, IL was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
MAN INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT INCIDENT
A man was injured in a Monday night incident in Pike County. 27 year old Nathaniel Kinder of Wellsville was a passenger in a Mack truck driven by 51 year old Derrick Reading of Vandalia. When the truck lost its brakes, Kinder jumped from the moving vehicle. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.
DRIVER HURT IN BOONE COUNTY WRECK
A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Boone County. 65 year old Ronald Clawson of Sedalia was on Route E when he experienced a medical emergency, causing his truck to travel off the right side of the road, struck an embankment, became airborne, hit the ground and overturned. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.
March 19, 2019
I-70 CRASH INVOLVING CAR AND TRACTOR TRAILER INJURES COLUMBIA WOMAN
The patrol investigated another crash involving a car and a tractor trailer unit at 11:50 Monday morning. The patrol said 40 year old Holana B Kumissa of Kansas City, MO was eastbound in a tractor trailer attempting to merge into the passing lane when the tractor trailer struck another eastbound auto that was already in that lane. That vehicle was driven by 20 year old Kenlyn M. Shettlesworth of Columbia. The impact resulted in the Shettlesworth auto going off the eastside of the highway and into the median, striking the median cable. Shettlesworth was transported by private auto to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
FUGITIVE BACK IN CUSTODY
Multiple officers from the Adair County Sheriff's Office and Kirksville Police Department apprehended Adam Greathouse, 29, of Novinger, in Kirksville just before 3 p.m. on Monday. The suspect was wanted on a probation arrest warrant and had been actively avoiding contact with law enforcement. Sheriff Robert Hardwick told KTVO authorities received a tip that Greathouse was at a home at the corner of Illinois and Bradford streets. Officers from both agencies stormed that home and found Greathouse hiding in a room in the basement. He was taken into custody. Hardwick said Greathouse had taken off on foot into a wooded area southwest of Novinger last Friday afternoon. He jumped out of his car and ran when a deputy tried to approach him. Law enforcement officers were unable to locate him during a brief manhunt that afternoon.
SATURATION PATROLS DURING PAST WEEKEND YIELDED RESULTS
The efforts of the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the University of Missouri Police Department to increase patrol during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend of March 16 and 17, focusing on impaired drivers yielded positive results. During the saturation patrol, a total of 50 traffic stops were conducted. Of the 50 traffic stops, six drivers performed Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Two drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, two drug arrests were made, two Driving While Suspended/Revoked arrests were made and one stolen firearm was recovered. The Columbia Police Department wants to remind everyone that there are simple things that you can do if you have been consuming alcoholic beverages:
Agree on a sober chauffeur before you begin drinking, and that person is the only person that has the car keys.
Never drink on an empty stomach.
If you are drinking at a friend’s house, stay the night so you aren’t tempted to drive home.
Call a taxi or rideshare service.
Remember, Think before you drink!
March 18, 2019
FUGITIVE STILL ON THE LOOSE
KTVO & KTVO dot com is reporting the Adair County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help in locating a fugitive. Authorities are trying to track down Adam Greathouse, 29, from the Novinger area. He is wanted on a probation arrest warrant. Greathouse is 6'4" tall, weighing 230 pounds. He was seen on Friday wearing a gray sweatshirt. He has been actively avoiding contact with law enforcement. Greathouse was spotted southwest of Novinger on Friday afternoon. The Adair County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a manhunt. Officers used a K-9 unit to try and track down Greathouse who had bailed out of his car in that area. The sheriff said they were searching an area south of Highway 6 between Billy Creek Trail and Campbell Cemetery Trail. The manhunt was called off around 3:30 p.m. Friday. If you know his whereabouts, you are asked to call (660) 665-5621. Officers said Greathouse is not considered armed or dangerous.
HOUSE FIRE NEAR BRASHEAR SATURDAY
KTVO also said a house fire closed a state highway Saturday afternoon as fire crews battled the blaze. Firefighters were called to a white house on Highway 6 on the west side of Brashear on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Two occupants made it out of the home safely with no injuries. The house is considered to be a total loss. Early indications of what started the fire point to a wood stove, but investigations are still being conducted to determine the official cause. Fire departments from Kirksville, Adair County, Hurdland and La Plata all responded to the scene. Highway 6 through Brashear was blocked for a few hours as crews battled the flames.
MOBERLY POWER OUTAGE DUE TO MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
A post on social media Saturday morning at 1016 AM said Moberly Police and Fire units have cleared the scene, but the road is still closed until Ameren is able to replace the pole and power is restored. Earlier a post was made that the Moberly Police and Fire Departments were currently on the scene of a one vehicle accident in the 600blk of Taylor St. The vehicle struck a telephone pole, which has caused power outage in the same area. Residents are asked to stay away from the area
Weekend Report- March 16-17, 2019
MAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 8:20am Friday in Montgomery County. The patrol says that 32 year old Brian Dodge of Perry was on MO 161 when the towed unit of the tractor trailer crossed the center line and struck a car driven by 39 year old Jason Roark of Bellflower. Jason Roark was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK
An Eldon woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Miller County. 31 year old Wendi Surface was on US 54 when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, she overcorrected, causing it to return to the roadway and then went off the right side of the road and overcorrected again and then it impacted an embankment and overturned. She was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.
DRIVERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN CRASH
Both drivers from Jefferson City were injured, one seriously in a Friday morning crash in Cole County. 24 year old Shimera Coleman was eastbound in the westbound lanes of US 54 when her car struck a truck driven by 30 year old Jason Stevens head-on. The woman was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries, while the man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of minor injuries.
March 15, 2019
FLOODING AFFECTING RESIDENTS NEAR THE MISSOURI RIVER
The National Weather Service said the Missouri River reached flood stage at Boonville Thursday afternoon, and will continue to rise through Sunday morning and stay above flood stage all next week. Heavy rain and melting snow has caused rivers and streams in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri to rise, feeding the lower Missouri. The flooding issues will be aggravated by an announcement Thursday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dramatically increase water releases from Gavin’s Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota. Tom Waters, chair of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, said the release will make flooding worse in Boonville but will have the biggest impact in northwest Missouri. Water coming in from tributaries that feed the river upstream from Boonville, like the Chariton and Grand Rivers, are the biggest contributors currently to the river’s rise in central Missouri. Howard and Cooper Counties among others are under flood warnings from the National Weather Service, and those warnings continue until further notice. The National Weather Service forecast for the coming week is for dry and cool weather throughout central Missouri.
DON’T PRESS YOUR LUCK THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND
If your weekend plans include having a few drinks while watching some live basketball action or bending an elbow at your local Irish bar, make sure it also includes a sober ride home. Law enforcement agencies across Missouri will be participating in additional patrols to prevent the often deadly consequences of impaired driving. Their message is clear: drive sober or get pulled over. Based on preliminary 2018 data, 184 people were killed and 531 more were seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds motorists of the various options available to get everyone home safe. Designating a sober driver, calling a cab or using public transportation are just a few of those options. Remember, if you feel different, you drive different.
Besides driving completely sober from alcohol and drugs, motorists are also advised to put their cell phones down while driving and always buckle up – everyone, every trip, every time.
ROUTE 87 IN HOWARD COUNTY TO CLOSE
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace culvert pipes in various locations along Route 87 in Howard County from Wednesday, March 20 through Thursday March 28. The work will close Route 87 between U.S. Route 40 and County Road 332 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Message boards will advise motorists of the closures and detour routes. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work.
March 14, 2019
FIRE EXPLOSION IN MARTINSBURG TUESDAY AFTERNOON
A fire explosion at a welding store in Martinsburg Tuesday afternoon sent one person to the hospital. According to komu.com in Columbia the fire erupted at around 1:30pm Tuesday in Fennewald Custom Welding in Martinsburg. Fire officials said that 6 people were inside the building when the blast occurred. The Wellsville Optic-News reported the business owner; Craig Fennewald was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of burns he sustained in the explosion. The building was destroyed and the investigation continues into what caused the blast.
HIGH WINDS TAKE DOWN POWER POLES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
High winds Wednesday afternoon knocked down utilities poles that affected a large part of the northeast section of Columbia. At one time 1200 customers were without power and about 80 customers of Boone Electric were also affected due to power poles that were down along Mexico Gravel Road. City and Boone Electric Crews were still working to restore service late Wednesday night.
LANE RESTRICTIONS PLANNED FOR THURSDAY FOR FORUM BOULEVARD IN COLUMBIA
The City of Columbia Public Works Department plans to repair potholes on Forum Boulevard beginning Thursday morning at 6 a.m., weather permitting. The road is also being inspected for possible water leaks under the pavement surface. This work will result in lane restrictions on Forum Boulevard, between Forum Katy Parkway and Mills Drive, throughout the day. Motorists, pedestrians and non-motorized transportation users are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone.
March 13, 2019
ST PATRICK’S SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN
The Mexico Public Safety Department will be joining law enforcement across the country in the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign. MPSD’s participation will consist of saturation patrols in Mexico during specific timeframes with enforcement geared at removing impaired drivers from the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the two day St. Patrick’s holiday counting period from 2014 to 2017, an average of 37% of all crash fatalities involved an impaired driver, with impaired driving fatalities totaling 234 people. 2017 saw 59 people killed in that two-day period.
DRUG RAID IN HANNIBAL
KTVO’s sister station KHQA reports an early morning drug raid lands four people behind bars facing several charges. According to Hannibal Police, as part of their focused efforts to hinder heroin distribution in the city of Hannibal, officers with the Hannibal Police Department Anti-Crime Enforcement Squad (ACES) and Special Response Team, served a search warrant Friday, March 8 on a residence in the 700 block of Church St. Located in the search was a large amount of what is believed to be heroin, Scales and packaging materials, 2 handguns, cocaine paraphernalia and a small amount of what is believed to be marijuana.
The four suspects and their charges are listed below:
Reginald D. Hilton Jr., 23, of Hannibal was arrested on Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Reginald Hilton Sr.,51, of Hannibal was arrested on Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Demetrea Hilton, 53, of Syracuse NY was arrested on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lexsys R. Dowty 20, of Hannibal was arrested on Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Receiving Stolen Property, Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Reginald Hilton Sr. and Demetrea Hilton were released pending Prosecutor review.
Reginald Hilton Jr. and Dowty were placed on 24-hour holds at the Marion County Jail.
HOUNDS HEADED TO HUTCH
Congratulations and best wishes to the Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds as they have once again advanced to the NJCAA D1 National Tournament in Hutch. This year’s tournament is scheduled for March 18th – 23rd at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kansas.
March 12, 2019
COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING APPARENT HOMICIDE/SUICIDE
Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a residence located at 5704 Kelsey Drive to investigate a death on Monday at approximately 8:30 a.m. Officers located an elderly married couple inside the residence. Each individual had evidence of a fatal gunshot wound. The husband called 911 and stated his wife was deceased. When officers arrived they found the husband deceased as well. The initial investigation indicates that the husband’s gunshot wound was self-inflicted. The investigation is ongoing but Police believe evidence points to apparent homicide and self-inflicted gunshot wound.. Next of kin has been notified. The couple has been identified as 79 year old Wayne Trentman and 83 year old Mary Trentman of Columbia. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
BODY OF MISSING COLUMBIA MAN FOUND IN MILLER COUNTY
The Miller County Sheriff’s office says the body of a Columbia man who had been reported missing approximately a month was located this past Thursday. 41 year old Aaron Brantley was reported missing on February 9th by his wife. Three people were soon arrested after Brantley’s body was found and they were officially charged yesterday. The Miller County Sheriff's office says the body of 41-year-old Aaron Brantley was found Thursday near Brumley, in Miller County and that the preliminary investigation revealed he died of a gunshot wound. According to a probable cause statement a witness came forward and told local authorities that Brantley was shot and killed at the residence of one of the suspects near Kaiser. MO. Christopher English of Eldon, William Lucas and Daniel Cole, both of Kaiser were charged Monday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.
LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING FUGITIVE
This past Friday, Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox posted a release seeking tips on a fugitive who may possibly be in Livingston or surrounding counties. According to the news release posted on the sheriff’s department website, 36 year old Jason D. Brodie of Liberal, MO is wanted by Jasper County authorities on an active felony arrest warrant on two class B felony allegations of Child Molestation – 1st degree with a bond listed at $75,000. Brodie is described as being a white male, about 5’8, 180 pounds, brown hair and green eyes. A picture of the suspect is posted on the sheriff’s department website. Cox said the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has been in contact with Jasper County authorities about this fugitive and is asking for public assistance in locating Mr. Brodie. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brodie are asked to immediately call their local law enforcement agency.
March 11, 2019
COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ACCIDENT
Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Scott Boulevard and West Southview Drive for a report of a head-on motor vehicle crash with serious injuries Saturday afternoon shortly after 2PM which resulted in the roadway being closed for several hours. 33 year old David Earls of Columbia was in Vehicle One and 32 year old Christine Deleiko of Eureka, MO was driving vehicle two. There were also three other passengers in vehicle two. The crash occurred when Vehicle 1 was driving northbound on Scott Boulevard near West Southview Drive in the southbound lane and Vehicle 2 was driving southbound on Scott Boulevard in the southbound lane. Vehicle 2 attempted to avoid Vehicle 1 by changing into the northbound lane, but Vehicle 1 also changed into the northbound lane where Vehicle 1 collided with the front of Vehicle 2. Police say it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
RESENT DRUG BUST IN EDINA YIELDS DRUGS AND MORE!
KTVO & KTVO dot com reports an Edina woman is behind bars following a drug bust after a confidential informant tipped police off. According to The Edina Sentinel, the Edina Police Department, The North Missouri Drug Task Force and the Knox County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant Wednesday night at a home at 406 West Monticello Street in Edina. That search warrant yielded over three grams of meth. The drug raid also yielded items used in the sale and distribution of meth including baggies and digital scales. Edina police also seized drug Paraphernalia, which field tested positive for meth. As a result, Cheyanne Goodwin, 28, of Edina, was arrested. She was charged Thursday with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and she is being held on $10,000 cash-only bond. According to court documents obtained by The Edina Sentinel, the drug bust was the result of information obtained from an unnamed informant who allegedly bought drugs from Goodwin on Monday. The Missouri Division of Child Services was also called to the scene to take custody of two children living at the home. The home Goodwin was living belongs to the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency with the purpose of providing safe, affordable housing for families. According to a representative of the agency, this isn't the first time this house has been involved in a drug investigation, and that spokesperson said the house will be secured by the agency.
SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK WEST OF CLIFTON HILL SENDS THREE TO HOSPITAL
The highway patrol said a two car collission in Randolph County on US 24, two miles west of Clifton Hill at 8:25 PM Saturday night sent three people to area hospital. According to the report, 22 year old Austin C. Skelton of Moberly was eastbound and crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a vehicle driven by 32 year old Tara M. Clater of Hale. Both drivers who had moderate injuries, along with a 3 year old who had minor injuries and an occupant in the Skelton auto and son of the driver were transported by Chariton County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
March 8, 2019
WOMAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A woman was killed in an accident that occurred after 8am Thursday in Franklin County. 55 year old Patricia Jung of Grubville, MO was on Route FF when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturn. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING WRECK
Another wreck occurred in Franklin County, this one involved a man sustaining serious injuries as 48 year old Walter Sutton of St. Clair was on Old Mount Hope Road when his car ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries. The wreck occurred just after 10am Thursday.
DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH
An Imperial driver was hurt in a Friday morning crash in Jefferson County. 48 year old Lisa Sulin was southbound on I-55 when she lost control on the wet roadway, causing her truck to travel off the right side of the road, strike a culvert and highway sign before overturning. She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
March 7, 2019
VEHICLE CHASE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY EARLY THURSDAY MORNING
The highway patrol investigated a wreck in Montgomery County on MO 19, a half a mile north of I-70 early Thursday morning. According to the report, a vehicle driven by 22 year old Dustin A. Lambert of Clarksville, TN was northbound in the southbound lane and was being pursued by an officer with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. As the northbound vehicle was traveling in the southbound lane, a sheriff’s department vehicle driven by 45 year old Thomas N. Mayes of Wellsville struck the rear of the Lambert auto to prevent it from striking another vehicle. A passenger in the auto being pursued, 34 year old Jessie M. Bell of Mexico has minor injuries and was transported by Montgomery County EMS to SSM Health – St Mary’s Hospital – Audrain for treatment. No other information was included in the accident report. That incident occurred at 12:36 AM Thursday morning.
TWO ARRESTS MADE IN DRUG BUST
Last Friday, March 1st, during the afternoon hours, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the 1100 block of North Washington Street in Mexico. As a result of the search warrant methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia used in the illegal use and distribution of controlled substances was located and seized. Holly Renee Blankenship, age 38, of Mexico was arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Blankenship was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in a County Jail after being found with additional methamphetamine secreted on her person upon her arrival at the jail. At last report Blankenship remains in the Audrain County Jail on a $10,000 bond. In addition, 31 year old Homer Lee Allen Junior, of Williamsburg was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in the Audrain County Jail on $2,500 bond.
TWO COLUMBIA SCHOOL BUSES INVOLVED IN WRECK BUT NO STUDENTS INJURED
Columbia TV Station KMIZ is reporting two Columbia Public Schools buses were involved in a crash on Providence Road at Interstate 70 on Wednesday afternoon but no students were injured. The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. and delayed traffic at the busy interchange. A Silver SUV and a bus were towed from the scene and first responders had to clear debris from the road and put down materials to soak up liquids. No other information was readily available.
March 6, 2019
FULTON MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN FEDERAL COURT TUESDAY
A Fulton man will be spending a long time behind bars after being sentenced to 30 years without parole by a federal judge Tuesday. 28 year old Russell Dean Moore was the man who shot at law enforcement officers and other motorists during a high speed chase back in 2016 after Boone County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a stolen vehicle report when a woman reported her jeep, firearms and other items had been stolen. That next morning the vehicle was spotted in the parking lot at Midway Travel Center and the chase began and continued into southern Columbia. Eventually the chase moved back onto I-70 and into Callaway County where the vehicle ran out of gas on a Callaway County road and Moore and a female companion were arrested. He pleaded guilty in 2018 to two counts of destruction of a motor vehicle, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of knowingly possessing a stolen gun and his sentencing hearing was held Tuesday in Federal District Court.
MARSHALL WOMAN MODERATELY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Marshall woman, 58 year old Joyce C. Barnard received moderate injuries in a Cooper County wreck shortly after 10 o’clock Tuesday morning. The patrol said the accident occurred on Eastbound I-70 near the 112 mile marker when her vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and slid. Her auto struck a mile marker sign and continued sliding. It then overturned and struck a tree. Barnard was transported by Cooper County Ambulance personnel to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
MOBILE HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE IN KIRKSVILLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com reports crews battled a mobile home fire late Tuesday afternoon in Kirksville. The blaze was reported just before 4:15 p.m., at the corner of Northtown Road and Osteopathy Street. When KTVO arrived on scene, the single-wide trailer was fully engulfed. Police directed traffic around the area, and motorists were advised to find an alternate route. Personnel told KTVO they were not aware of anyone being in the trailer when the fire broke out. At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. A local fire investigator was also on scene.
March 5, 2019
TODAY IS THE STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL
This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week and the Missouri’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for today at 10 am. Outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios across the state will sound, signaling the beginning of the statewide tornado drill and indicating that Missourians should practice taking shelter. You’re reminded that if a tornado shelter is not available, the safest shelter location is a windowless basement or an interior room in the lowest level of a building. Put as many walls between you and the tornado. Most local and county areas, schools, media and many others use the drill to test emergency preparedness measures. Again, this morning at 10 am is when the test is expected to be conducted. Severe Weather Preparedness week continues through March 9th.
CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK UNDERWAY
March 4th through the 9th is also Consumer Protection Week and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued a release to promote, discuss and highlight the work that the Consumer Protection Section does to protect Missourians from scams and fraud. The Missouri Attorney General office typically joins other Attorney Generals from across the nation, plus other partners such as the Federal Trade Commission in promoting Consumer Protection Week.
COMO POLICE IDENTIFY MAN FOUND DECEASED IN RESTAURANT
The Columbia Police Department has identified the individual who was found deceased in a restaurant on I-70 Drive Southeast on February 18th. During the investigation, CPD was able to determine that the individual made an entry while the business was closed in what appeared to be an attempted burglary. CPD was unable to immediately identify the deceased individual. Fingerprints were collected and sent to a national database for identification purposes. Using the information received from the national database, CPD was able to identify the individual as being a foreign national from Vietnam. Detectives are still attempting to notify next of kin.
FORMER CALLAWAY COUNTY COLLECTOR SENTENCED MONDAY TO PRISON
The former Callaway County Collector who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $300,000 was sentenced on Monday to nearly 30 months in prison. Pam Oestreich resigned her position as County Collector after bank employees noted strange activity and a county prosecutor brought it to the attention of the Sheriff’s Department who called in the FBI. In addition to prison time, the judge ordered Oestriech to pay $379,000 in restitution and serve three years of supervised probation on her release.
March 4, 2019
FLAMES VISIBLE FOR SEVERAL MILES WHEN NATURAL GAS PIPELINE RUPTURES
Officials are still trying to determine what caused a Natural Gas Pipeline to rupture and explode near Mexico early Sunday morning. Flames from the massive fire could be seen several miles. The Mexico Public Safety Department confirmed that there had been a pipeline fire around 4:17 AM and the Little Dixie Fire Department who provides fire protection services to the area also confirmed the explosion was a pipeline fire and that the pipeline had been shut off. The pipeline is owned by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline L.L.C. out of Dallas. The pipeline company has been cited several other times and is the same company involved in pipeline incidents in the Fayette and Hughesville, MO areas. It was also reported a small number of homes in the area lost power and as of 6:45 am fire crews said a construction site and a stretch of highway 15 was damaged and that highway 15 will remain closed pending repairs.
SUNDAY FIRE NEAR HALLSVILLE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME AND CAMPER
Firefighters with the Boone County Fire Protection District battled a fire in the 9500 block of Owens School Road, east of Hallsville Sunday afternoon. Crews reported 1 mobile home and 1 camper were fully involved. A tweet shortly after 1pm Sunday said 3 engines, 4 water tankers, 1 rescue squad, 3 brush trucks and 1 BCH-EMS ambulance were dispatched to the scene and fire personnel were using brush trucks to access the blaze. Doug Westhoff, an Assistant Fire Chief said a man was using a torch trying to thaw frozen water lines in the RV and that’s how the fire started. That individual was also burned according to reports but were not life threatening.
TWO CAR CRASH SOUTH OF MACON SUNDAY MORNING
A two vehicle collision just after 9am Sunday in Macon County resulted in moderate injuries for a Kingdom City resident. The patrol said 29 year old Thomas E. Shull of Kingdom City was northbound on US 63, two miles south of Macon when his vehicle rear ended another northbound auto driven by 71 year old Stephen E. Gant of Durand, IL. Following impact, both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder. Neither driver was injured, however a passenger in the Shull vehicle, 29 year old Crystal M. Shull sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Macon County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The patrol was assisted by the Macon County Sheriff’s office.
Weekend Report- March 2-3, 2019
MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 3:45pm Friday in Gasconade County. The patrol says that 46 year old Jason Kruse of Bland, MO was on MO 28 when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree. He was transported by ambulance to Phelps Health Center in Rolla for treatment of moderate injuries.
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK
A Versailles woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Morgan County. 56 year old Lisa Clark was on MO 5 when her car slid off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned. She was taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach with serious injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH
An Owensville driver was hurt in a Saturday night crash in Gasconade County. 24 year old Eric Salamone was on Michael Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road and strike a ditch. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
March 1, 2019
TWO FULTON SISTERS INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK
The patrol reports a single vehicle accident at 7:30 AM Thursday morning on Route J, just south of County Road 362 resulted in minor injuries to two sisters from Fulton. According to the report 15 year old Tina J. Killion was southbound when the crash occurred. Her vehicle slid on the ice covered roadway. The vehicle went off the left side of the highway, struck a ditch and an embankment resulting in minor injuries for the driver and her sister, 18 year old Kaia O. Killion of Fulton who was a passenger. Both were transported by Ambulance to Capital Regional Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment.
SHOTS FIRED AT HOUSE IN MEXICO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING
The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a report of gunshots being heard in the area of Quantico in Mexico around 4:17 yesterday (THURS) morning. Investigation revealed the shots were actually fired several blocks away, in the 900 block of Latney. According to witness information, subjects in a small black four-door sedan shot at a house on that block several times. No one was injured during the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 800- 392- TIPS, or reach out to the Mexico Public Safety Department directly by calling 573-473-5800.
THE 22ND ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL MATH TOURNAMENT SET FOR SATURDAY
In partnership with MathLeague.org, St. Charles Community College will host the 22nd annual area high school math tournament from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The tournament is open to any area high school student – grades 9-12 – who is interested in participating.
Registration will run from 8-9 a.m. in the dining area of the Student Center. Testing will follow from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Administration Building (ADM). Awards will be given out at 1 p.m. in the Student Center dining area.
Each participant will have a low fee of $1.50, thanks to a Foundation mini-grant.
For more information, contact Joe Howe at 636-922-8318 or email@example.com.
February 28, 2019
MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN CRASH
Two Montgomery County residents were involved in a single vehicle accident in Lafayette County shortly after noon Wednesday. The patrol said 22 year old Amber R. Griswold of New Florence was eastbound on I-70 when she lost control of her vehicle and it traveled into the median. Griswold and a passenger, 39 year old Jeffrey M. Canter of Montgomery City both had minor injuries and were transported by Lafayette County EMS to Lafayette Regional Medical Center for treatment.
AREA RESIDENTS ARRESTED BY STATE TROOPERS
At 8:37 AM Wednesday morning, a Rush Hill resident, 35 year old Joshua B. Sewell was taken to the Audrain County jail on a felony St. Charles Department of Corrections warrant for endangering the welfare of a child-1stdegree. At 1:17 PM Wednesday afternoon, 17 year old Marquan Pitre of Boonville was transported to the Boone County jail after being picked upon a misdemeanor Cooper County traffic offense warrant. And a Louisiana man, 38 year old Michael P. Johnson was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Ralls County jail at 10:13 last (WED) night for First offense DWI.
STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL
Even though it doesn’t feel like spring when you step outside, it’s time for the annual Statewide Tornado Drill. Next week if the weather permits, the drill will take place on Tuesday, March 5th at 10 AM. The Boone County office of Emergency Management reminds residents it’s a good time to practice taking cover in a basement, bathroom or closet away from windows and to review emergency preparedness kits and plans. If there is any severe weather in Missouri on Tuesday, the drill will be rescheduled for Thursday March 7th. Due to the statewide drill, the normal Monthly test for the City of Moberly will be moved to Wednesday March 6th.
February 27, 2019
COLUMBIA POLICE ASK FOR HELP IDENTIFYING BURGLARY SUSPECT
The Columbia Police Department is investigating a series of burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday, Feb. 23. Two subjects burglarized businesses at 3910 Peachtree Dr., including; 44 Stone Public House, The Trove Salon, The French Laundry and Alteration and The Axe House. CPD is asking for the community's assistance identifying the subject below who was captured on video surveillance inside one of the businesses. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652, or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
MAN HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK
A St. Louis man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in St. Louis County. 29 year old Kelvin Walker was westbound on I-70 when he lost control of his car and it traveled off the left side of the road and struck the concrete median before going off the right side of the roadway. He was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
DRIVER INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY CRASH
A St. Clair driver was injured in a Monday night crash in Franklin County. 36 year old Christopher Cromwell was on Highway 100 when his truck ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.
February 26, 2019
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY EXTINGUESES SMALL FIRE
On Saturday night at approximately 10:32PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of N Olive in reference to a fire in a home. The caller reported hearing the basement smoke detector sounding and finding a fire in the area of the water heater. Responding personnel shut off the natural gas to the water heater and extinguished the burning material around it. There was no other damage and no injuries from the event.
MARSHALL DRIVER HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN COOPER COUNTY
The patrol said a 16 year old Marshall driver received moderate injuries when her auto traveled off Old 40 highway, just west of Timberlake Court in Cooper County just after 4pm Monday. According to the report, 16 year old Taryn L. Johnson of Marshall was westbound when the crash occurred. Her auto went off the road, struck a metal culvert, became airborne and struck the ground. She was transported by Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
POLO MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Jay C. Guhlke, 33, of Polo, Missouri, on Friday, for promoting and possession of child pornography. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit. The Patrol was assisted by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, investigators executed a search warrant at Guhlke’s residence located on South Highway 13, in Polo. As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment. While the search was being executed at Guhlke’s residence, additional officers located the suspect in Gallatin, Missouri. Investigators executed a second search warrant on electronic equipment, which was on his person. As a result of their search, additional child pornography and computer equipment were seized. Guhlke was arrested and transported to the Daviess County Jail. The Daviess County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Guhlke with promoting child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $100,000. The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to report promptly to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
February 25, 2019
ARREST MADE IN DEADLY COLUMBIA CRASH
The suspect in the fatal crash on West Boulevard in Columbia turned himself in on Sunday. Columbia Police confirmed they took Lukas E. Evans, 20, of Columbia into custody on Sunday on charges of Murder in the 2nd Degree and Leaving Scene Of Accident - Property Damage Exceeding $1,000.The arrest was in relation to a head-on vehicle collision between Evans and Jordan E. Hoyt, 37, Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 16. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital where Hoyt was later pronounced dead as a result of her injuries.
LEWISTOWN RESIDENT INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT
The highway patrol said a Lewistown resident was hurt in an ATV accident on private property, 1 mile southwest of Lewistown at 11:35 am Sunday morning. According to the report 12 year old Randall L. Routt was riding the ATV in a pasture when the vehicle overturned and came to rest on top of the driver. Routt was transported by Lewis County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and Lewistown Fire Department provided on scene assistance.
FORMER SHERIFF OF KNOX COUNTY FACING NEW CHARGES
A former northeast Missouri sheriff is in trouble with the law again. Former Knox County Sheriff Robert Becker, 51, of Rutledge, Missouri, is now charged with Taking Wildlife Illegally and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by discharging it along a roadway. Both charges are misdemeanors. Becker was forced to resign as sheriff in December 2018 after pleading guilty to charges of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Assault. Investigators said the latest crimes he is charged with happened on December 26, 2018, exactly one week after his guilty pleas in the other case. According to court documents, two Missouri conservation agents interviewed Becker after a resident reported that he saw Becker discharge a firearm while standing along Tomahawk Street, west of Knox County Route E, when Becker was hunting with his brother and son. Court papers state that Becker admitted to the agents that he had done that. The former sheriff is due in Knox County Court on March 5, 2019, for his arraignment.
Weekend Report- February 23-24, 2019
MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 8:15am Saturday in Cole County. 86 year old Claude Davidson of Lake Ozark was on US 54 when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where he died from his injuries a short time later.
WOMAN HURT IN GASCONADE COUNTY WRECK
A woman was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Gasconade County. The patrol says that 39 year old Terry Thomas of Hermann was stopped on MO 100 when her car was struck in the rear by a car driven by 26 year old Denise Weir of Hermann. Terry Thomas was taken to Hermann Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A Columbia driver was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Boone County. 48 year old Brodieas Rolley was on US 63 when his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, struck the median cable barrier and overturned. He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.
February 22, 2019
COLUMBIA HEAD-ON CRASH KILLS ONE & SERIOUSLY INJURES ANOTHER
One person is dead and another seriously injured in a head-on collision on WW, near Hominy Creek Bridge in Columbia Thursday morning. Columbia Police say 79 year old Eunice G. McCaleb of Fulton was eastbound, crossed the centerline and hit another auto driven by 24 year old Wendy V. Garcia-Raygoza of Columbia head-on. Both were transported to the hospital where Garcia-Raygoza was pronounced dead. McCaleb had serious injuries. A third vehicle driven by 31 year old Jared H. Ingalls struck the McCaleb vehicle after the initial impact. He was not hurt. Police say icy road conditions may have played a role in the crash. That accident occurred at 7:48 am Thursday morning.
APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR BOARDS & COMMISSIONS IN COLUMBIA
The Columbia City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for boards and commissions. Boards and commissions are a way for citizens to be involved in local government and to represent the voices of their fellow community members. Applications must be received by the City Clerk’s Office, 701 E. Broadway, second floor, by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Applications are available at the Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website at CoMo.gov on the City Council page. The following are current boards and commissions openings:
· Citizens Police Review Board
· City of Columbia New Century Fund Inc. Board
· Commission on Human Rights
· Public Transit Advisory Commission
· Tax Increment Financing Commission
· Tobacco Retailer License Review Board
To view a brief description and eligibility requirements, visit CoMo.gov/Council/Vacancies or contact the Clerk's Office.
CULVERT REPLACEMENT TO CLOSE HOWARD COUNTY ROADS
Missouri Department of Transportation crews will replace culvert pipes on two Howard County roads next week:
- Route V between County Road 237 and County Road 259. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27.
- Route H between County Road 134 and County Road 247. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.
The work is dependent on favorable weather conditions. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas.
February 21, 2019
MAN HURT IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WRECK
A Villa Ridge man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 5:15am Thursday in Franklin County. 66 year old Robert Smith was on St. Mary’s Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle and it traveled off the left side of the roadway, through a yard and struck a tree. He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
WOMAN INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Bowling Green woman was injured in a Wednesday morning accident in Pike County. 59 year old Pamela Betz was on Highway 54 when her Ford Ranger ran off the north side of the road and struck a tree. She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST RETURNS TO COLUMBIA
The True/False Film Fest takes center stage throughout downtown Columbia February 28th through March 3rd. This four-day celebration of art and life showcases some of the most thought-provoking non-fiction filmmaking from across the globe. In addition to having over 50 films, there will be over 40 different musicians and musical groups performing throughout the extended weekend before films, along the sidewalks and during the festival's 10 different concerts. Don’t miss it, the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, February 28th through March 3rd.
February 20, 2019
TWO INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two Wright City residents were injured in an accident that occurred at 11:10am Monday in Warren County. The patrol says that 65 year old Roger Null was on North Lohman Road and driving too fast for road conditions when his car began to slide as it rounded a downhill curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole guy wire and then overturned, coming to rest on its right side. He along with his passenger 65 year old Gladys Null were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK
A Union woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Franklin County. 64 year old Teresa Johnson was on Massey Ford Road when her car ran partially off the right side of the road, struck a large tree and came to rest facing south. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
TRENTON BUILDINGS DESTROYED BY FIRE
The 600 block of Main Street in Trenton was closed after a fire destroyed two buildings in downtown area and damaged one other structure. The blaze was reported shortly after 4pm Monday and heavy smoke and heat was reported when firemen arrived. The buildings are across the street from the Trenton Law Enforcement Center. Trenton Firemen remained on the scene spraying water on the nearby Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce/License Bureau office building located at 617 Main Street in Trenton which is adjacent to the two buildings that were involved in the fire and the extent of damage to the State License office and Chamber of Commerce has not be determined. The buildings housed Cut & Curls Beauty Shop and the other was the location for This and That Pawn Shop and Antiques. The buildings partially collapsed during the fire and at last word the area remains blocked off. Reports indicate the Chamber and the License Bureau office will remain closed until another location is secured. The investigation continues into the cause of the fire. No one was injured.
February 19, 2019
WEATHER MAKING THE NEWS AGAIN
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire listening area and much of the Midwest is under some type of winter weather advisory or warning. For our area, accumulating snowfall is expected from this evening through early Wednesday morning as a storm system moves over the area. After a period of moderate to occasionally heavy snow tonight, precipitation is expected to change over to light freezing rain and drizzle during the predawn hours on Wednesday. Accumulating snow combine with light icing will lead to hazardous travel conditions for the morning commute on Wednesday. How much snow? Right now most of the area will see snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches. Light Snow will again be possible in parts of the area this weekend and minor accumulations are possible. Most of North Central, Northeast and Northwest Missouri is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 pm tonight through 9 o’clock tomorrow morning. Snowfall amounts in Central and East Central Missouri are expected to be lighter in the 2 inch range or so. That part of our listening area is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 5pm this afternoon through 6 o’clock tomorrow morning.
WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Danville woman was hurt in an accident that occurred just before 5pm Sunday in Montgomery County. 28 year old Brittney Cureton was on Highway J when she lost control of her car, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturn. She was transported by ambulance to Hermann Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK
A Linn teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Osage County. The patrol says that 17 year old Jenna Wieberg was on Highway 100 when she failed to negotiate a curve and her truck ran off the right side of the road, overturned down a steep embankment, ejecting her from the truck. She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries.
February 18, 2019
FATAL CRASH IN COLUMBIA SATURDAY
Columbia Police investigated a fatal crash on West Boulevard around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. According to the report 20 year old Lukas E. Evans of Columbia was involved in a crash at Stadium Boulevard and West Boulevard South and left the scene. As he continued traveling north of West Boulevard he became involved in a second crash near Prospect Street as his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by 37 year old Jordan E. Hoyt of Columbia which was traveling south on West Boulevard South. Evans auto crossed from the northbound lane into the southbound lanes while attempting to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and collided head-on with the Hoyt vehicle. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital where Hoyt was pronounced dead. The investigation is continuing.
TWO PEOPLE HURT IN RALLS COUNTY WRECK SUNDAY
The patrol said two people were injured in a Sunday crash in Ralls County on US 61 Southbound, two and a half miles north of New London around 12:13 AM Sunday morning. According to the report 27 year old Margaret A. Smith of New London was southbound and struck another southbound auto driven by 17 year old Memphis B. Folweile of Hannibal from behind. Both vehicles then went off the left side of the road. Both drivers were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. Ralls County Ambulance personnel transported Smith who had serious injuries. Marion County Ambulance personnel transported Folweiler who had moderate injuries. The New London Fire Department and Ralls County Sheriff’s Department assisted.
LEWIS COUNTY WOMAN KILLED WHEN CAUGHT IN POWER TAKE OFF AT HER FARM
KTVO and KTVO.com reports a northeast Missouri woman is dead as the result of a tragic farm accident. It happened around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday on her farm along Lewis County Route P just southwest of Canton. Lewis County Coroner Larry Arnold identified the victim as Marilyn Campen-Berhorst, 58, of Canton. An emergency responder who was at the scene told KTVO it appeared Campen-Berhorst somehow got tangled up in her tractor's power takeoff (PTO), which was attached to a grinder-mixer. Investigators were not able to determine exactly how the accident happened. Campen-Berhorst was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:10 p.m. Thursday. The agencies that helped with the tragedy were the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Canton Police Department, Canton Fire Department, Lewis County Ambulance and Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Weekend Report- February 16-17, 2019
TWO INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
Two people were injured in an accident that occurred at 1:30am Sunday in Boone County. 22 year old Tyler Baker of Van Buren, AR was on US 63 when his truck ran off the right side of the roadway, struck the ground, a tree and overturned. He suffered minor injuries, while his passenger 20 year old Jennifer Files of Jacksonville, AR sustained moderate injuries. Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
MAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK
A Union man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Franklin County. 35 year old Cyrus Shipley was on West Park Street when his truck traveled off the left side of the road, struck a traffic sign and a tree. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH
A Troy driver was hurt in a Friday morning crash in Lincoln County. 49 year old Ryan Pollard was on Route KK when his truck traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.
February 15, 2019
MODOT ASKING MOTORISTS TO STAY OFF ROADS IF POSSIBLE DUE TO WEATHER
The Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists to limit travel beginning Friday and throughout the weekend as a series of winter storms will impact roads across the state. "For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask everyone to avoid unnecessary travel once the storm begins," said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer / Chief Safety and Operations Officer. "If you don’t have to travel, please stay off the roads." According to the National Weather Service, this storm will bring snow to much of the state beginning Friday morning and continuing through the night. With this system, there will also be sleet and freezing rain. There is also the possibility of a light glazing of ice in the southern part of the state. A second round of snow is forecast for Saturday. Current road conditions are posted on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/ The map is also available as an app on your mobile device through Android Google Play and Apple iTunes, search MoDOT Traveler Information. MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
COLUMBIA MAN IN CAMDEM COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH
A Columbia man sustained moderate injuries in a motorcycle accident in Camden County on US 54 at Colvert Drive around 4:40 Thursday afternoon. The highway patrol said 31 year old Scott A. Burton was making a right hand turn and lost control on gravel and overturned. Burton was transported to Lake Area Hospital by Mercy Emergency Medical Services.
February 14, 2019
OUR NEXT WEATHER EVENT ARRIVES FRIDAY
Even though temps will be in the 40’s and 50 early on today, don't put those snow shovels and winter gloves away just yet. The first of two rounds of weekend snow arrives late Friday morning. Right now the expectation is snow amounts ranging from 1 to 4 inches. The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will push through later today which will cause winds to switch back out of the North and northwest and that will certainly cool us back down and lows tonight are forecast to be in the lower teens and even the single digits in some areas and Wind Chills well below zero. Round two is expected to start Saturday night and continue through the day Sunday and end sometime Sunday night with similar snowfall totals.
ONE OF THE MEN HOSPITALIZED FOR CARBON MONOXIDE EXPOSURE AT AIRPORT HAS DIED
One of the men who had been hospitalized due to carbon monoxide exposure at Omar Bradley Airport in Moberly has passed away. Randolph County Coroner, Don Barrett, says 29 year old Aaron Herring, of St. Louis died over the weekend from carbon monoxide poisoning. An investigation determined the carbon monoxide at the privately owned hangar at Omar Bradley airport was the result of a malfunction of a heating unit February 5th which resulted in the odorless and deadly carbon monoxide that quickly overcome the men working in the hanger. Two other people were also treated for exposure and later released from the hospital.
CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL
The driver escaped injuries but a passenger wasn’t so lucky when the vehicle they were in slid off County Road 289 at County Road 271 in Callaway County just before 2:30 pm this (Wed) afternoon. The highway patrol said 21 year old Savanna Mosley of Auxvasse was not injured, however a passenger 16 year old Nathan W. Nolan of Auxvasse was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
February 13, 2019
THREE VEHICLES, TWO DRIVERS, ONE MINOR INJURY IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH
The highway patrol investigated an accident Tuesday morning in Marion County on US 36, 7 miles east of Monroe City that involved three vehicles, two drivers and resulted in one minor injury. According to the report, 19 year old Kaden L. Baker of Hannibal was eastbound when he lost control on the ice covered roadway and struck an eastbound SUV driven by 67 year old Thomas R. Lechtenberg of Quincy, IL. The Baker auto then went off the left side of the roadway and struck an unoccupied vehicle parked on the eastbound shoulder. Baker had minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Palmyra & Monroe City Fire Departments along with the Monroe County Ambulance and Marion County Ambulance responded and provided on scene assistance. That wreck occurred just before 7:30 Tuesday morning.
TEEN ARRESTED FOR MAKING THREAT VIA SNAPCHAT
Your Source KTVO & KTVO.com reports officials with the Ralls County R-2 School District notified the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department of an alleged threat towards Mark Twain Junior-Senior High School made via the social media app “Snapchat”. Deputies reviewed the postings and arrested Tyler M. Lanier, 17, of Center, MO. According to authorities, Lanier, a student at the high school, remains in custody at last check pending the issuance of a warrant for 1st Degree Terroristic Threats. Other adults and a juvenile have also been interviewed as part of the investigation, which is on-going, and additional arrests are possible. Anyone with additional information about this matter is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY R-II BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR SESSION MEETING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019
MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
Transfer of Funds (to Fund 2: $190,980.98; Fund 3: $438,256.23)
Payment of Bills
1. February 10-16, 2019 - School Board Appreciation Week
VI. Regular Agenda
Student Representatives Report
2019-2020 School Calendar
No-Tax Rate Increase Bond Presentation
5. New Business
a) Approve Bus Routes
b) Summer School 2019
a) Resource Standards Report
c) School Board Activities/Goals
Next Board Meeting March 14, 2019 at Jonesburg Elementary Multipurpose Room
Request for Executive Session (if needed) for the purpose of discussing issues associated with personnel as outlined by law (ref. 610.021.3) and all records of proceedings from said executive session be retained in accordance with the law (ref. 610.023).
February 12, 2019
TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two Louisiana teens were seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 7pm Sunday in Pike County. The patrol says that 18 year old Laura Rousan was on US 54 and passing another vehicle and also traveling too fast for road conditions when her car ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. She along with her passenger 16 year old Natalie Welch were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.
COLUMBIA POLICE REQUEST ASSISTANCE FROM FBI IN PLANNED PARENTHOOD FIRE
The Columbia Police Department has requested assistance from the FBI in investigating a fire at Planned Parenthood - Columbia Health Center. The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to investigate a fire alarm at Planned Parenthood -Columbia Health Center, 711 N. Providence Road, at 4:06 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. A small fire inside the structure was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. CPD was brought in to investigate after an assistant fire marshal determined the fire was suspicious in nature.
While the FBI will be assisting in the ongoing investigation, Columbia Police will remain the lead and all inquiries should be directed towards CPD. There is no additional information to release at this time but will be released as it becomes available.
COLUMBIA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT AND MAKE ARRESTS
Detectives with the Columbia Police Department served a search warrant at 2607 Eastwood Drive at approximately 12:30 p.m. this past Friday. The warrant was served with the assistance of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) due to the nature of the crime being investigated and to ensure public and officer safety. Once inside the residence officers’ located evidence related to a reported burglary and robbery. As a result of the investigation and search warrant, two subjects were arrested. 18 year old David J. Galentine, of Columbia was arrested for Burglary 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action. He also had an outstanding Failure to Appear warrant. In addition, 21 year old Jamieon D. Parker, of Columbia was arrested for Burglary 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
February 11, 2019
FATAL HOUSE FIRE IN AUDRAIN COUNTY SATURDAY
KMIZ.com reports one person died after a house fire in Audrain County Saturday morning. 64 year old Paula Sites was found dead in the home in the 13800 block of County Road 208 around 9:30 a.m., according to Little Dixie fire officials. A neighbor reported the fire at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Authorities said when they arrived; the home was fully involved in the fire and required mutual aid. Officials with Boone County Fire Protection District said the district sent a tanker truck to the scene. Authorities did not find anyone inside the home on their initial search. Officials said damage to the home was too extensive to determine a cause of the fire.
COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING FIRE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD
The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to investigate a fire alarm at Planned Parenthood - Columbia Health Center, 711 N. Providence Road, at 4:06 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. The first arriving unit observed a light haze in the building and upgraded the call to a commercial structure fire, resulting in additional units being dispatched. Further investigation revealed that a small fire started inside the structure and the buildings sprinkler system extinguished it. An Assistant Fire Marshal was requested to perform a fire origin and cause investigation. The investigation determined the fire was suspicious in nature so the Columbia Police Department was notified. There is no further information to release at this time due to the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE THREATS
Columbia Police was called to the Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Drive, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 after receiving a call that there was an explosive device in the building. After an extensive search, no evidence of any explosive device was found. On Friday at approximately 7:45 pm after receiving a call that a note found by a customer stated that there was an explosive device in the business at 900 Keene Street, CPD evacuated the premises and searched the property with assistance from the Boone County Fire Protection District explosive detection K-9. No evidence of any explosive device was found. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
Weekend Report- February 9-10, 2019
TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 4:55pm Friday in Boone County. The patrol says that 16 year old Kaylee Faddis of Columbia was on Route WW when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected, returned to the highway, crossed the center line and struck a van driven by 50 year old Jorge Mendez of Fulton. The teen suffered moderate injuries, while the man sustained serious injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK
A man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Franklin County. 60 year old James Rush of Robertsville was eastbound on I-44 and passing a freightliner driven by 44 year old Christopher Land of Belleville, IL when Rush’s truck struck the freightliner, causing the truck to run off the right side of the road, strike a culvert and overturn. James Rush was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
MEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH
Two men from Cedar Hill, MO were hurt in a Friday morning crash in Jefferson County. 25 year old Justin Askins was on Highway 30 when he slowed down to make a turn and his freightliner was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 20 year old John Wagner of Lonedell, MO. Both Justin Askins and his passenger 44 year old Robert Darroch were taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
February 8, 2019
WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A Boonville woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 3:25pm Thursday in Cooper County. 62 year old Linda Maier was on Clear Springs Road when her Ford Explorer slid on ice, ran off the right side of the roadway, overturned, coming to rest on its side in a creek. She was taken to Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville for treatment of moderate injuries.
INVESTIGATION COMPLETE FOR CHAMOIS DRIVE FIRE IN COLUMBIA
The fire origin and cause investigation for the residential structure fire at 5405 Chamois Drive is complete. Fire investigator, Assistant Fire Marshal Shawn McGruder, determined the fire originated in an office area just south of the front door to the home. The fire is being ruled accidental. Because there were several ignition sources in the area of origin and there was significant damage, a specific cause could not be determined. However, a space heater and a shirt press cannot be ruled out as possible causes. McGruder estimates the loss at $131,250.
The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 5405 Chamois Drive on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 4:03am. First arriving units observed heavy fire coming from the roof and significant overall fire involvement at the home. The responding Division Chief requested an additional company be dispatched based on radio traffic, prior to his arrival. Crews on scene deployed a pre-connected hose line and began an aggressive exterior fire attack. The home had too much fire involvement to conduct an interior attack. It took fire crews approximately one hour to bring the fire under control. The home sustained significant damage. Neighbors indicated the home was not occupied at the time of the fire. Fire investigators are performing a fire origin and cause investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available. Ten units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call. There were no reported injuries.
PUBLIC HEALTH EXERCISE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY
The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department (PHHS) is hosting public health agencies from 12 other counties for a smallpox mass vaccination clinic exercise. The event is taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church at 1634 Paris Road in Columbia. This is not a real threat nor a current concern, it’s an exercise to increase preparedness. This multi-county group regularly participates in tabletop or virtual exercises but does not often get the opportunity to participate in a functional exercise like this. In addition to the 13 counties, this exercise will include members of the Columbia/Boone County Medical Reserve Corps, local hospitals, Boone County Office of Emergency Management, senior or rehabilitative living facilities and nursing students from the area. There will also be staff from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency on site to observe the exercise. Participating public health agencies are from the following counties: Callaway, Cole, Boone, Montgomery, Osage, Miller, Audrain, Morgan, Cooper, Howard, Gasconade and Camden.
February 7, 2019
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Sullivan man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:15am Thursday in Franklin County. 21 year old Albert Leach was eastbound on I-44 and traveling too fast for conditions when his car slid off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable barrier. He was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan with serious injuries.
DRIVER INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson County. 24 year old Dustin Robison of Hillsboro was on Highway 21 when his truck began sliding and ran off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY CRASH
A Florissant woman was hurt in a Wednesday afternoon crash in St. Louis County. 53 year old Darlene Buffington was on Highway 370 when her Jeep Cherokee ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment.
February 6, 2019
TROY TEEN INJURED IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Troy teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 5:45am Wednesday in St. Charles County. 18 year old Julaia Malawey was a passenger in a car driven by 56 year old Marion Malawey of Troy. The patrol says that they were eastbound on I-70 when an unknown vehicle cut them off, causing their car to swerve left to avoid hitting it and then the car traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median wall. The teen was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
THREE MEN OVERCOME BY CARBON MOXNOIDE AT MOBERLY AIRPORT
Moberly Police report three men were hospitalized Tuesday after they were exposed to carbon monoxide at Moberly’s Omar Bradley Airport. According to a release, someone called 911 to report two unresponsive people at the airport around 11:30 a.m.
First responders arrived on scene to find a 29-year-old man from St. Louis and a 27-year-old man from St. Charles unresponsive. A 25-year-old man from Huntsville also became unresponsive after emergency medical services arrived on scene.
Police said the men were overcome by carbon monoxide exposure while inside the hangar. All three people were taken to a hospital, along with a Moberly firefighter who also suffered from carbon monoxide exposure.
Randolph County Ambulance, the Moberly Fire Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.
HOWARD COUNTY WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF FAYETTE MAN
A Fayette man died as a result of injuries in a head on collision on MO 5, one mile north of New Franklin around 10:49 PM Monday night. The patrol said 23 year old Joshua W. Brice was northbound and attempted to pass another vehicle and traveled into the path of a southbound auto driven by 24 year old Clay S. Walker of New Franklin and collided head-on. Brice was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Howard County Coroner. Walker sustained serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia.
February 5, 2019
DRIVERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT
Both drivers were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 10pm Monday in Pike County. The patrol says that 65 year old Bruce Burkhardt of Manchester, MO was on Pike County Road 456 when he failed to yield at a stop sign and ran into the path of a van driven by 20 year old Adriana Shoemaker of Curryville and her van struck the rear passenger side of his van, causing it to overturn. The man was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, while the woman was taken to an unknown hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
MAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK
A Chesterfield man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Callaway County. 50 year old Jeffrey Alexander was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled onto the shoulder and struck the guardrail. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
MINOR INJURY CRASH IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY
A man was hurt in a Monday morning crash in St. Charles County. 76 year old Ron Dorn of Augusta, MO was on Highway 94 when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a ditch. He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
February 4, 2019
MAN DEAD AFTER BEING SHOT FRIDAY IN MEXICO
On Friday at approximately 5:26pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 500 block of Muldrow in reference to a person who had been shot. Responding personnel found a 27 year-old Mexico man who had been involved in an altercation and been shot one time. The man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain where he later died. Officers are looking for the three teenagers who have been identified as being involved in the shooting.
The victim in the shooting on Friday is Tajuan Williams. The Mexico Public Safety Department has still not located the three teenagers involved in shooting Williams. Other law enforcement agencies in this area and where it is believed the teenagers went have been notified. All three teenagers are wards of the State of Missouri. Two are 15 years old and one is 17 years old. The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has issued DYS Warrants to detain all three.
MODERATE INJURIES FOR QUINCY WOMAN WHEN CAR MISSES DEER - STRIKES A TREE.
A one vehicle wreck in Ralls County on MO 19, 3 miles south of Perry around 7:50 Sunday night sent a Quincy driver to the hospital with moderate injuries. According to the report, 23 year old Mia N. Monroe was northbound and swerved to avoid a deer. Her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Monroe was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and Ralls County First Responders assisted at the scene.
MDC SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON TED SHANKS CONSERVATION AREA IN PIKE COUNTY
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans and is seeking public input on how conservation areas are important to Missourians. A draft management plan for MDC’s Ted Shanks Conservation Area is available for public review through Feb. 28. To preview this draft management plan and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
Ted Shanks Conservation Area contains 6,705 acres of bottomland hardwood timber, open marsh, mixed shrub/scrub/emergent wetlands, row crops, oxbow lakes and sloughs, old fields, and upland woods. The area consists of 3,827 acres of MDC property and 2,878 acres of land managed under a cooperative agreement between MDC, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers. Ted Shanks Conservation Area borders 8.75 miles of Mississippi River frontage, 4.75 miles of the Salt River, and 2.25 miles of river bluffs. The area contains 35 miles of levees, 24 management units, three pump stations, ten miles of water canals, and 38 water control structures. The area offers visitors opportunities for fishing, hunting, camping, birdwatching, and hiking.
February 1, 2019
ARNOLD MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
An Arnold man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 2:55am Friday in Franklin County. 49 year old Glen Hoops was eastbound on I-44 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck several trees, before coming to rest off the roadway also he was ejected from the vehicle. Glen Hoops was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
TEEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK
A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning in Jefferson County. 18 year old Trenton Thompson of Imperial was on Old Lemay Ferry Road when his car crossed the center of the road, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a pole. He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING VEHICLE THEFTS
On Wednesday at approximately 3:14am, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of Bennington and Ringo Streets in reference to someone getting into parked vehicles. Officers were unable to locate the suspect. MPSD has been working with area residents and gathering information about the suspect’s actions through both eyewitness accounts and home security systems. Change and personal items are what have been reported as stolen so far. A compound bow in a black plastic case was recovered in the area, but Mexico Public Safety has been unable to identify the owner. No vehicles were damaged during the thefts. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or the Mexico Public Safety Department at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.
January 31, 2019
STURGEON DRIVER & PASSENGER FROM COLUMBIA SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK
Troop F of the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two people sustained serious injuries in a single vehicle wreck in Moniteau County at 10:45 yesterday (Wed) morning. According to the report, 30 year old David A. Hashagen of Sturgeon failed to negotiate a right curve and his vehicle crossed the center of the road and traveled off the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the auto returned to the road, crossed the center once again and went off the right side where the auto struck a tree, came to rest in a ditch and then caught fire. The driver had serious injuries from the crash, as did a passenger, 20 year old Mellissa T. Hall of Columbia. Both were transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Emergency Medical Personnel. That crash happened on Missouri 179, north of Splice Creek Road in Moniteau County.
MAN KILLED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was killed in an early Wednesday morning accident in St. Charles County. 28 year old James Haines of O’Fallon was in lane 3 and 23 year old Jack Scott of Wentzville was in lane 4 of eastbound I-70 when Haines’s car suffered a mechanical problem and changed lanes into the path of Scott’s car and they collided, causing both vehicles to catch fire and then Haines’s car went off the road and struck the concrete median barrier. James Haines was pronounced dead at the scene.
ARNOLD MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
An Arnold man was seriously hurt in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Jefferson County. 44 year old Kenneth Abegg was on Route MM when he steered onto the right shoulder and then steered to the right back onto the roadway where his vehicle began skidding and ran off the right side of the road and the left side of his vehicle struck a tree. He was taken to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.
January 30, 2019
ARTIC AIR ARRIVES
As early as late morning Tuesday area school districts were starting to call off classes for students today due to the frigid temperatures we’re now experiencing and that trend continued with increased frequency until nearly all school districts had cancelled classes for Wednesday. Community Colleges, State Universities and more were shutting down. Even the U.S. Postal Service has suspended delivery in three states today due to extreme cold. Postal delivery operations are suspended for portions of Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. In addition, there will not be residential or commercial package pickup but the news release did say that retail operations at most local offices will be available, but could be limited.
BOONE COUNTY CRASH SENDS TWO LOCAL RESIDENTS TO HOSPITAL
Two people were transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment after a crash on Tom Bass Road, south of Meyer Foresees Blvd. The crash happened around 8:14 pm last night when a northbound car driven by 27 year old Lacey L. Sterling struck a woodchipper which had been hauled earlier by a pickup that experienced mechanical issues and was left unoccupied, parked in the northbound lane of Tom Bass Road. When Sterling’s vehicle struck the woodchipper being hauled by the unoccupied truck, both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of the road as well. Boone County Ambulance personnel transported Sterling, the driver of the vehicle that struck the woodchipper to University Hospital with moderate injuries. A passenger in her vehicle, 44 year old Landon J. Albertson of Columbia was also transported to University Hospital with serious injuries.
SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT AWARDED FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to K.J. Unnerstall, of Washington, Missouri, for a slide repair project, located at the southeast corner of the intersection with the Interstate 70 south outer road near New Florence, in Montgomery County. “We have been monitoring the area for some time and decided now is the best time to fix it,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga, P.E. “The current embankment will be removed, and new rock will be placed to hold the soil securely in place,” he added. Traffic may be reduced to one lane while this work is completed. This project could begin as early as this spring.
January 29, 2019
BITTER COLD CONDITIONS – TAKE PRECAUTIONS
Dangerously Cold Wind Chills Expected Mid-Week as arctic high pressure builds south into the lower Missouri Valley area. This will bring the coldest air mass of the season to our area and dangerously cold wind chills forecast Tuesday night into Thursday morning. Make sure you take extra precautions and if you’ll be traveling, make sure you’re prepared with blankets and a survival kit.
TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
The patrol said the accident happened on I-70 Westbound at the 182 mile marker in Montgomery County at 11:47 AM Monday morning. 18 year old Adia L. Buford of Florissant was westbound overtaking an 18 wheeler driven by 45 year old Jason Spies of Jacksonville, FL when she lost control and her vehicle traveled off the left side of the highway. Her vehicle then re-entered the main westbound lanes and struck the trailer unit, then her auto went off the left side of the road and hit a concrete median barrier. Buford and a passenger, 44 year old Lolita L. Buford of Florissant both had minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The other driver was not injured.
TWO SHOT IN BOONE COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT – SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
Two people were shot in Boone County Sunday night in a parking lot in the 5600 block of St. Charles Road. The highway patrol found the two shooting victims around 10:46 pm Sunday night when they pulled a car over on I-70 at the 89 mile marker in Cooper County. One of the men had very serious injuries and the other victim received treatment and was released. Authorities had suspected 34 year old Michael Stapleton was the suspect in the double shooting and Stapleton turned himself in late Monday afternoon. The Boone County Sheriff's department said Stapleton was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a gun. That investigation is continuing.
January 28, 2019
TROOPERS ARREST MAN IN COOPER COUNTY FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a man for 2nd degree drug trafficking in Cooper County Saturday. According to the patrol report, Zechariah Heryford of Galt, CA was pulled over around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night on I-70 and troopers became suspicious and called for the K-9 unit. The K-9 alerted and that gave troopers probably cause to search the vehicle. They found 115 pounds of marijuana. White said Heryford was heading to the east coast from Nevada. He faces drug trafficking charges and at last word was in the Cooper County jail.
COLUMBIA PD INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE ON RANGE LINE STREET
Columbia Police was dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning at approximately 2:56 a.m. in the 3800 block of Range Line Street in Columbia. Officers arrived and found a vehicle with extensive damage. The driver and passenger were transported to a local hospital. The male passenger also had suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The deceased was identified as Dominick Roland, 25, of Columbia. Columbia Police Department detectives and crime scene investigators were called to gather information and process the crime scene. There is no suspect information to release at this time and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
TWO AMISH BROTHERS CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES IN NORTH MISSOURI
Two Amish brothers from southeast Iowa are charged with multiple sex crimes in northern Missouri, where they used to live. Your Source KTVO & KTVO.com reports the two suspects are Alfred Yoder, 18, of Albia, Iowa, and Enos Ray Yoder, 21, of Bloomfield, Iowa. Both brothers face more than a half-dozen felony charges involving two underage female victims. Alfred is being held in the Monroe County, Iowa jail awaiting transfer to Daviess County, Missouri. Enos Yoder has not been arrested yet as he’s currently attending a residential treatment program in Versailles, Missouri account to court documents. Investigators say in court papers that the crimes happened when the Yoder brothers lived with their family on Yale Avenue outside Hamilton, Missouri. The charges the two face include rape, incest, sodomy, child molestation, sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15 and statutory rape. Enos Yoder faces a total of eight charges. Alfred Yoder is charged with seven crimes. According to court documents obtained Friday, all of the crimes Alfred faces happened between February 2017 and September 2017. Investigators say the crimes Enos is charged with happened between November 2014 and March 2018. Court documents state that Enos admitted to investigators that he committed the crimes. Bond for the two men is set at $85,000 cash only.
Weekend Report- January 26-27, 2019
MAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A St. Clair man was killed in an accident that occurred at 6am Saturday in Franklin County. 64 year old Marion Green was on Moselle Road when his truck traveled off the east side of the roadway and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
DRIVER KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK
A De Soto driver was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 28 year old James Leonard was on Highway P when his truck traveled into a left hand curve and ran off the right side of the road, struck a tree, overturned and was ejected from his truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Jefferson County. 21 year old Gabrielle Galkowski of De Soto was southbound on I-55 when she lost control of her car and it traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned. She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
January 25, 2019
WOMAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Lonedell woman was killed in an accident that occurred at around 9:15am Thursday in Franklin County. The patrol says that 29 year old Brittany Hogan was on Missouri 30 when her Ford Escape crossed the center line and struck the front left end of the towed unit of an International Harvester driven by 52 year old Timothy Marrill of Salem. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY MORNING WRECK
A driver was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday morning in Callaway County. 27 year old Joseph Parrish of Shelbina was on US 54 when he came to stop due to traffic congestion and his truck was struck in the rear by a Jeep Wrangler driven by 45 year old Sheila Eckert of Auxvasse. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
TWO HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT CRASH
Two people were hurt in a Thursday night crash in Lincoln County. 35 year old Christopher Dover of St. Peters was on Missouri Route 47 when he became distracted by his hand held communication device, causing his vehicle to cross the center line, he overcorrected in an attempt to avoid oncoming traffic and the vehicle overturned. Both Christopher Dover and his passenger 33 year old Dominique Evans of Florissant were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
January 24, 2019
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Foley woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:40am Wednesday in Lincoln County. 35 year old Shawn Roberts was on Highway W when her Ford Explorer traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and then struck a utility pole. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK
A man was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Lincoln County. 31 year old Timothy Williamson of Quincy, IL was a passenger in a truck driven by 61 year old Daniel Williamson of Quincy, IL. The patrol says that the wreck occurred when a truck driven by 34 year old Jason Miller of Troy, MO was westbound crossing over US 61 on Creech Road and failed to yield to Williamson’s truck causing Miller’s truck to hit the other truck on the passenger side. Timothy Williamson was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
SEMI TRUCK DRIVER HURT IN CRASH
A semi truck driver was hurt in a Wednesday night crash in Jefferson County. 29 year old Stevie Marrs of Brookland, AR was stopped in traffic on Meyer Road, west of US 67 with its towed unit partially off the right side of the road as he attempted to complete his right turn onto westbound Meyer Road and the trailer continued off the roadway, causing the semi and its trailer to overturn onto the passenger side. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
January 23, 2019
ROADS ARE SLICK IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI
Most roads north of Audrain County and west of Ralls County are slick this morning after freezing rain and some snow fell overnight. Travel is discouraged. All road conditions are online at modot.org. Several tractor trailers and vehicles have already slid off even major highways due to the road conditions. If you have to go, plan accordingly and go slowly.
MEXICO DRIVER KILLED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY WRECK
A Mexico driver was killed in an accident that occurred along Highway 63 about 2 miles North of Clark in Randolph County Monday afternoon. According to authorities the accident occurred when a Northbound vehicle driven by 19 year old Pate Shultz of Mexico drove over windblown snow that had drifted onto the highway causing her to lose control of the vehicle before traveling off the left side of the roadway into the median where the vehicle overturned ejecting the driver. Shultz was transported to University Hospital in Columbia where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead a short time later.
AUTHORITIES ASK FOR HELP FINDING NORTHEAST MISSOURI FUGITIVE
FROM KTVO.COM Authorities are asking for your help in locating a wanted northeast Missouri man. The Lewis County Sheriff's Office is looking for Blake M. Brotherton, 27, of Ewing, Missouri. Brotherton is wanted on one count of 2nd-Degree Domestic Assault, a Class D felony. The sheriff's office said he assaulted a family member on January 16, 2019. Investigators said Brotherton has been in contact with law enforcement and is aware of his warrant, but he has refused to turn himself in. He may be in the Quincy, Illinois, area. Anyone with information regarding the location of Blake Brotherton is asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at (573) 767-5287 or call their local law enforcement.
January 22, 2019
MAN KILLED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A man was killed in an accident that occurred just before 4pm Monday in Jefferson County. 54 year old Donald Chandler of Dittmer was on Highway 30 when his truck crossed the center median, went across the eastbound lanes and struck a rock bluff. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
MAN KILLED, TEEN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY INCIDENT
A Troy man was killed and a Wentzville teen was injured in an early Monday morning incident in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 35 year old Leonard Briley was struck and killed as he ran into the path of a truck driven by 18 year old Andrew Rhodes on eastbound I-70. Briley was pronounced dead at the scene while Rhodes was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK
A Washington driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Franklin County. 17 year old Danielle Overschmidt was on Four Mile Road when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
January 21, 2019
TODAY IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is an American Federal Holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is always observed on the 3rd Monday of January each year which is around King’s actual birthday, January 15th. Federal, State, County and even Local Government offices are closed today and no mail will be delivered.
FATAL FIRE IN COLUMBIA THURSDAY AND CREWS RESPOND TO FIRE CALL SUNDAY
Thursday Fatality Fire on Lakeview Avenue
The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1115 Lakeview Avenue on Thursday, January 17. Initial information from the 911 center indicated someone may be inside. Units arrived less than five minutes later and observed heavy smoke coming from a single story residence. Fire crews deployed a preconnected hoseline and performed an aggressive interior fire attack. They located an occupant in the rear of the home, quickly removed them and began life saving efforts along with University Hospital ambulance personnel. Unfortunately the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. Assistant Fire Marshal’s Mike Bauer and Jim Pasley were dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation. The area of origin was the living room. The cause was determined to be a candle. There were no working smoke alarms in the home. Damage to the structure is estimated at $16,000. The Columbia Police Department is working to notify next of kin. No additional information on the deceased will be released until those notifications are made. Eleven units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to this call. There were no other reported injuries.
Sunday Fire on East Broadway
Details surrounding a fire Sunday afternoon have not been made available at the time this report was issued, but a large amount of firefighting equipment was deployed to fight a fire at 4 Fyfer Place, just off East Broadway and East of Boone Hospital Center. Traffic was affected for sometime as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Smoke was visible for some distance as flames were shooting out windows. More information will be available later Monday.
MOBERLY POLICE & SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATING
The Moberly Police Department has been contacted in reference to Facebook and Snapchat posts, about a potential threat at the Moberly Middle School. The incident is currently under investigation by the Moberly Police Department and Moberly School District. Any individual who has information about the posts can contact the Moberly Police Department.
Weekend Report- January 19-20, 2019
MAN KILLED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 12:40am Saturday in Camden County. The patrol says that 48 year old Michael Fox of Sunrise Beach was on Route F when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK
A woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Jefferson County. 22 year old Jamie Dempsey of Arnold was southbound on I-55 when she failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the road and her car struck the median wall and overturned. She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVERS HURT IN CRASH
Both drivers were hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Jefferson County. 33 year old Carrol Luedemann of Wildwood was on US 67 when she failed to stop for a steady red light and her Ford Explorer struck a car driven by 23 year old Tyler Clifton of Festus and then the Explorer crossed the center median, traveled off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned. The woman suffered minor injuries while the man sustained moderate injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
January 18, 2019
SNOW & BITTER COLD ON THE WAY-DRIVERS ADVISED TO STAY OFF ROADS
The Missouri Department of Transportation advises drivers to stay off the roads this weekend as bitter cold temperatures combined with another major winter storm will hit Missouri. According to the National Weather Service, rain on Friday will give way to snow overnight and continue through Saturday. Forecasters say this will be a dry snow. Wind gusts could cause drifting. Behind the snow, temperatures are expected to drop significantly with wind chills in the single digits through Sunday in many areas of the state. Motorist planning to travel to the Chiefs game in Kansas City on Sunday should plan accordingly. MoDOT warns that because bitter cold temperatures are expected, the clean-up from this storm may be significantly longer than the clean-up from the event last weekend. In addition, chemicals used to treat the roads lose their effectiveness below 25 degrees. If you must travel, make sure you have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves and provisions like water and snacks in the event of an emergency. For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit modot.org.
COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE
Columbia Police was dispatched to a report of shots heard on Thursday at approximately 12:38 a.m. in the 3700 block of Weymeyer Drive in Columbia. Officers arrived and found a male who had been shot. Emergency medical personnel determined the victim was deceased and he was soon identified as 20 year old Deonte Gainwell, of Columbia. Columbia Police Department Detectives and the Forensic Evidence Unit were called to the scene to gather information and process the crime scene. There is no suspect information to release at this time. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
MANY AREA OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY IN OBSERVANCE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
Most Federal, State, County and even City offices and more such as schools, banks and the like will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. City offices in Columbia will be closed as well. The regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Residential curbside recycling and trash will not be collected on the observed holiday and will be delayed by one day the remainder of the week. Residents can download the COMO Recycle and Trash app for collection day reminders and service notifications. Questions concerning collection schedule should be directed to the Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489). The landfill will also be closed on Monday. Go COMO, Columbia's public transit system, will not operate, and parking meter regulations will not be enforced on the observed holiday. Although administrative offices for both the police and fire departments will be closed, all other emergency services will be available. The City’s Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) will operate at normal hours on Monday, 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please visit CoMo.gov/Utilities for phone numbers to contact staff regarding emergencies related to Water & Light, Sewer and Stormwater.
January 17, 2019
WESTBOUND LANE TO CLOSE ON I-70 AT LOUTRE RIVER IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOR WORK
On Thursday the westbound driving lane on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County will close at Loutre River, located east of Montgomery Route N, while bridge repairs are completed. The lane will close at 7:00 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Friday. Please use extreme caution if you will be traveling through this area during this time.
MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A De Soto man was injured in an accident Wednesday morning in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 27 year old Xavier Henson was eastbound on I-70 when he was cut off by an unknown vehicle, causing him to swerve to avoid hitting it and lost control struck the concrete median wall, crossed all lanes of I-70, traveled over the grass median and came to rest on Veterans Memorial Parkway. He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.
THREATS TO BOMB HOSPITAL LANDS MAN IN JAIL
KTVO and KTVO.com reports a Kirksville man is accused of threatening to bomb the hospital in Kirksville. Jason Blanton, 43, of Kirksville, is charged with Second-Degree Terrorist Threat. Kirksville police said Blanton was drunk on January 12, 2019, and walked into the emergency room at Northeast Regional Medical Center, yelling and making threats to bomb the hospital and staff. When police responded, an officer found Blanton walking not far from the hospital. According to court documents, hospital employees told investigators that Blanton was banging on the window where the receptionist sits and said, "I am the police today, and I am going to blow up the hospital and the staff members." The witness said Blanton was demanding to speak to a female hospital employee, who he claimed had molested one of his family members and covered it up. Blanton was arrested, and court documents state he told an officer, "I did go to the hospital and told them I was going to blow them up." The suspect is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 cash-only bond. On Wednesday, Judge Kristie Swaim denied a motion for bond reduction. Next up in the case, Blanton is due in court on January 30, 2019, for his preliminary hearing.
January 16, 2019
SLICK ROADS AGAIN THIS MORNING!
Moisture from fog, melted snow and even light drizzle is responsible for many slick roads this (WED) morning across the area. Parking lots, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks and more have been affected due to temps dropping overnight and early this morning. Allow extra time to scrape windshields and for travel this morning.
RALLS COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR STABBING WIFE
A Hannibal TV Station, KHQA-TV is reporting a Ralls County man has been arrested for domestic assault involving a stabbing. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department said 46 year old Michael J. Arnett of Ralls County was placed under arrest after the department responded to a domestic disturbance call Monday night on Oak Hill Road. Authorities said upon arrival they found a woman with non-life threatening injuries received during an altercation. Arnett was arrested and taken to the Pike County Jail. The woman was treated and released at a local hospital.
WOMAN KILLED, MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A woman was killed and a man seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:35pm Tuesday in Lincoln County. The patrol says that 55 year old Alonzo Cannon of Winfield was northbound on Highway 79 when his truck crossed into the path of a Jeep Cherokee driven by 60 year old Zola Rodey of Winfield and struck it head-on and then the truck rotated and impacted the front of a Ford Explorer driven by 72 year old Marilyn Tillothson of Elsberry. Zola Rodey was pronounced dead at the scene while Alonzo Cannon was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries. The other driver was not injured in the accident.
January 15, 2019
SLICK ROADS REPORTED THIS MORNING ACROSS THE AREA
Moisture from fog, melted snow and even light drizzle is responsible for many slick roads this (TUES) morning across the area. Parking lots, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks and more have been affected due to temps dropping overnight and early this morning. Allow extra time to scrape windshields and for travel this morning.
HOWARD COUNTY HEAD-ON COLLISION
A two car crash in Howard County at 2:50 Sunday afternoon sent three people to the hospital. According to the report, 18 year old Gordon T. Starke of Fayette was eastbound on Route E, just east of county road 89 when he lost control of the auto on the slushy road, crossed the center line and struck a west bound auto driven by 54 year old Kimberly Test of Mexico nearly head on. Starke had moderate injuries as did a passenger in the Test car, 61 year old Edward Straatman of Glasgow. Test sustained just minor injuries. All three were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
CULVERT REPLACEMENT TO CLOSE HOWARD COUNTY ROADS
Weather permitting, Missouri Department of Transportation crews will replace culvert pipes on two Howard County roads this week:
· Route V between County Road 237 and County Road 259. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15.
· Route H between County Road 134 and County Road 247. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, January 18.
Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work.
January 14, 2019
ONE LANE OF INTERSTATE 70 TO CLOSE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT
Weather permitting, tonight, January 14, the passing lane on Interstate 70 eastbound between MM 166.4 and MM 166.8 in Montgomery County will close beginning at 8:00 p.m. tonight and will reopen tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. so that semis can be removed from the median.
The truck parking area will remain open during this time. Please use caution if you will be traveling through this area. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
NORMALCY STARTS TO RETURN DUE TO IMPROVED ROAD CONDITIONS
The Missouri Department of Transportation says most major roads in the state are clear or mostly clear. Melting during the day Sunday was expected to refreeze overnight so be cautious on the Monday morning commute, especially on bridges and elevated surfaces. Information is available 24/7 at www.traveler.modot.org or 1-888-Ask MoDOT.
NUMEROUS WEATHER RELATED TRAFFIC CRASHES
A Number of weather related traffic crashes were reported over the weekend.
In Howard County, 54 year old Kimberly A. Test of Mexico was westbound on Route E, just east of County Road 207 when her vehicle was struck head on by an eastbound auto driven by 18 year old Gordon Starke of Fayette. Starke had moderate injuries. That accident occurred at 2:50 PM yesterday (SUN) afternoon. A Carrollton driver was killed in a collision on Highway 24, just west of County Road 335 at 3:05 pm Friday. The patrol said 32 year old Wilson Hope of Carrollton was westbound when she lost control of her vehicle and it started sliding sideways into the eastbound lane and impacted with an eastbound vehicle, driven by 55 year old Gabriel Zamarrida (Zam-ma-rida) of Marshall, MO. After impact, both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Carrolton County Coroner.
COLUMBIA HARD HIT BY WINTER STORM TRYING TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS
The major winter storm that began on Friday, Jan. 11 continues to affect some travel, power and City services in Columbia. All available City resources continue to be utilized in responding to the storm to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community members. The City of Columbia appreciates the community’s continued patience and understanding as we work to recover from this large winter event. Power Outages: Less than 100 City of Columbia Utilities customers are currently without power. Numerous power outages occurred due to the heavy snow causing trees and limbs to sag on power lines. Crews are working 16 hour shifts to restore power as soon as possible. As of Sunday afternoon, power has been restored to approximately 8,000 customers. The City requested mutual aid assistance from other electric utilities to help in restoring power to the customer outages throughout the city. Crews from Macon, Palmyra, Waynesville and Rolla responded to the request. Contractors PAR Electrical and Asplundh are also helping in their areas of expertise. While thousands of customers’ power was restored Sunday, there is the possibility that some customers will go without power into Monday, Jan. 14, due to severe tree damage caused by the storm, leaning into power lines in some parts of the City. Roads: Road crews from Columbia, Boone County and MoDOT were out in force. Almost 70 City of Columbia team members from various departments were working on plowing and treating Columbia streets concentrating on residential and downtown areas. Crews will continue to work 24 hours a day until the job is done. Restrictions on Priority Snow Routes in Columbia are being enforced and residents are asked to remove vehicles from marked priority routes to allow for easier snow clearing. Vehicles not removed may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense. Crews plan to continue to work 24/7 until all streets are passable by a front wheel drive vehicle. Solid Waste: The Solid Waste Utility will run its normal collection schedule this week, though delays are possible. Curbside customers should place secured materials on their driveway or in an area that’s accessible by crews without them having to step over snow banks Transit: Go COMO, Columbia’s public transit system, is scheduled to resume its regular fixed route service Monday, Jan. 14. Para-transit service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. for medical appointments and employment rides only. Airport:Columbia Regional Airport’s main runway is open to commercial and general aviation traffic. Individual airlines will determine their flight status into and out of COU. Travelers should check their flight status with their airline. The airport was closed for a time after a jet became stuck after landing and 80 people on board the plane had to be resuced. Parks and Recreation: The Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) will resume operations Monday, Jan. 14. The facility is scheduled to open at its normal time of 5:30 a.m.
Weekend Report- January 12-13, 2019
WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT
A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 2pm Friday in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 68 year old Betty Boyd of House Springs was on Highway 21 when her car began sliding on the snow covered roadway, traveled off the right edge of the ramp and overturned towards the driver side and it came to rest facing southeast in a rock lined ditch. She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A New Haven driver was hurt in a Friday afternoon crash in Franklin County. 59 year old Julie Amrien was on Route KK when she failed to maintain control of her Toyota 4Runner and it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
O’FALLON WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK
An O’Fallon woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in St. Charles County. 62 year old Vickie Nanney was on St. Paul Road and driving too fast for conditions when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
January 11, 2019
WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT
A statewide winter storm and playoff football crowds could lead to traffic slowdowns this weekend.
The Missouri Department of Transportation urges drivers to use caution as snow is forecast on Friday and road conditions may be slippery at times. If you have to travel, please allow extra time to reach your destination. According to the National Weather Service, the storm system will pass through Missouri from the southwest to the northeast on Friday and continue into Saturday night. Snow accumulations up to 10 inches are predicted for parts of the state. There is also the possibility of sleet and light freezing rain in some areas. Increased traffic is expected in the Kansas City area this weekend as the Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts in a divisional round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 3:35 p.m. In addition, many students will be returning to college campuses after the winter break, which means more vehicles on the road. To check road conditions please go to MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/ MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
CAR COLLIDES WITH TRAIN IN RALLS COUNTY
A Monroe City driver failed to stop at a railroad crossing and struck a train around 3:30 PM Thursday afternoon. The patrol reports the incident happened in Ralls County on Hazzard Lane, 3 miles southeast of Monroe City. The patrol said 44 year old Ryan R. Cobb of Moberly was operating the train and was traveling westbound when it was struck in the right front by a northbound car operated by 21 year old Olivia S. Keiser of Monroe City. Neither Cobb or Keiser were injured, however a passenger in the Keiser vehicle identified as 17 year old Alexia M. Ytell of Monroe City received minor injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by Monroe County Ambulance personnel.
WORK CONTINUES ESTABLISHING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM IN MISSOURI
Following the majority of Missourians’ November 2018 vote to adopt Constitutional Amendment 2, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began accepting pre-filed license application fees for medical marijuana facilities on Jan. 7 and is now in the process of forming rules for the program.
DHSS has accepted more than 250 forms and over $2 million in application fees this week. The department is currently on schedule to establish program rules in order to efficiently regulate and control the cultivation, manufacturing and sale of marijuana for medical use.As part of its effort to gather all relevant input, DHSS has established a new page on its medical marijuana program website where it will begin releasing initial drafts of its rules for public review. In the coming months, interested individuals should monitorwww.health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/index.php for new drafts, which will be posted as soon as they are available. Suggestions for these initial drafts may be submitted through the Suggestion Form on that page. The collection of non-refundable pre-filed license application fees is ongoing, and early submission of application fees does not guarantee a license or provide any competitive advantage in the application process. Official application forms will be available no later than June 4, 2019.
Application fee payments may be made by personal or certified check, cashier’s check or money orders made payable to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Cash will not be accepted. Any application fee must be accompanied by a completed Pre-Filed Application Fee Form available at
Payment and the Pre-Filed Application Fee Form may be mailed to:
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
FEE RECEIPT UNIT
P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Or personally delivered during business hours to:
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
920 Wildwood Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109
January 10, 2019
RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN WRECK WHILE PURSUING SUSPECT
A Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy sustained minor injuries when he crashed his patrol vehicle while in pursuit of a vehicle failing to yield. The highway patrol said 36 year old Deputy Randall M. Mathews of Huntsville was southbound on County Road 2580, 2 miles east of Higbee at 2:36 Wednesday morning pursuing the suspect vehicle when his auto traveled off the south side of the roadway and struck two fences. The suspect vehicle also crashed when it went off the south side of the roadway, struck a fence and a ditch. It was driven by 27 year old Cody O. Downing of Moberly who also received minor injuries. He was transported by Randolph County Ambulance Personnel to Moberly Regional Medical Center. Mathews sustained minor injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The investigation is continuing.
COMMENTS REQUESTED ON NEW STREET LIGHTS FOR THE DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA AREA
City of Columbia Utilities and the Columbia Police Department are holding an interested parties meeting regarding the new street lights for the downtown Columbia area. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway. The public is invited to attend and provide their input on the six new street lights that have been installed and are being tested on portions of East Broadway. An online survey will be available at CoMo.gov for those who would like to offer feedback.
AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN ACT/SAT WEEKEND BOOT CAMP AT MMA IN MEXICO
High school students seeking to improve their ACT/SAT scores will find help at the comprehensive ACT/SAT Weekend Boot Camp to be held at Missouri Military Academy (MMA) in Mexico, Missouri on Feb, 1-3. Students who complete the boot camp average three to seven points of improvement on the ACT, and 150 to 200 points of improvement on the SAT. These point improvements represent a 30 to 40 percent percentile increase in scores. Led by Tutors Across America, the immersive three-day boot camp will teach all sections of the tests in one weekend. The camp also includes two full-length exams of each type. The camp will be held at MMA, located at 204 N. Grand Street, Mexico, MO 65265. Hours of the boot camp will be Friday, Feb. 1 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost of the camp is $149, with discount coupon code MISSOURIMILITARY. Registration is available at tutorsacrossamerica.com/actcourse.
January 9, 2019
MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
Two men were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:45pm Tuesday in Morgan County. 53 year old Richard Siebenmorgen of Blue Springs was on Route O when his truck crossed the center line and traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. He along with his passenger 46 year old David Faulkner of Camdenton sustained serious injuries. The driver was taken to Lake Regional Hospital while his passenger was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
THREE HURT IN WARREN COUNTY WRECK
Three people were hurt in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Warren County. The patrol says that 20 year old Wyatt Wielms of Warrenton was on Route M when he fell asleep, causing his truck to cross the center of the road and into the eastbound lane where it struck the right side of a Ford Explorer driven by 53 year old Karla Stribling of Warrenton and after impact both vehicles ran off the south side of Route M. Wyatt Wielms along with two passengers in the Explorer 20 year old Kadie Aschoff and 15 year old Jolea Stribling were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of their injuries.
MDC ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE AT RANACKER CONSERVATION AREA IN PIKE COUNTY
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will temporarily close access to the north part of Ranacker Conservation Area, including access to the shooting range, to allow for construction of a new bridge. Access to the conservation area from Missouri Highway RA will be closed from Jan. 7 – March 15 pending completion of the project. Construction crews will replace the existing low-water crossing with a new bridge that will carry the north access road over Peno Creek. The road closure cuts off access to the area’s shooting range. Area users may continue to access the property on its south and southeast sides via county roads 48 and 50. These access points offer parking, camping, and an ADA-accessible privy. However, the shooting range will remain inaccessible until the bridge project is complete. “This project will improve access for area users,” said MDC Wildlife Management Biologist and Ranacker Conservation Area Manager Mike Flaspohler. “During high flows on Peno Creek, access to the range and the north part of the conservation area is cut off. The new bridge will provide more dependable access to the area, especially during heavy rains when the creek rises rapidly.” Ranacker Conservation Area consists of more than 1,800 acres of timber, grasslands, agricultural lands, and old fields characterized by narrow valleys with numerous rock overhangs. Peno Creek traverses the northern portion of the area, providing more than a mile of stream frontage. The area marks a point where river hills break away from prairie and is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, turkey, and bobwhite quail. Management of the area focuses on providing wildlife habitat by maintaining timber edges and old fields, prescribed timber harvest, and rotating agricultural crops. MDC thanks area users for their patience during the installation of this important infrastructure improvement.
January 8, 2019
ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY-MORE ARRESTS EXPECTED
On Monday, December 31, 2018, at approximately 10:45PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Casey’s Convenience Store located in the 1700 block of East Liberty in Mexico in reference to a robbery. Investigation led to the arrest of Jacob R Boyle, age 28 of Mexico, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at approximately 12:57PM. Boyle was processed at MPSD and later transported to the Audrain County Jail for Robbery 1st Degree. Evidence collected during the investigation indicates that it was Boyle that went into the store. The incident is still under investigation and it is anticipated that others will be charged as well.
CALLAWAY COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE
KMIZ TV and KMIZ.com is reporting that Callaway Counties authorities have identified the victim that they said was found dead Sunday night near the 1500 block of Old Highway 40. Deputies responded to a shots fired call and found Lauro Garza-Perez, 34, of Columbia. The Callaway County Sheriff said he could not provide the cause of death. An autopsy conducted Monday by the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that authorities are conducting a homicide investigation. The Callaway County Sheriff's Office continues to work with the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department. If you have any information, you can call the Callaway County Crimestoppers number at 573-592-2474, and you can remain anonymous.
RANDOLPH COUNTY SUSPECTS IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN COURT MONDAY
The 4 individuals arrested and charged in connection with the shooting deaths of Darren Tharp and Shane Austin Hare of Columbia were in Randolph County court Monday and all 4 waived their arraignments. Tharp and Hare were found dead from gunshot wounds in a vehicle on December 29. According to court documents, the shootings happened early in the morning of December 28. 20-year-old Christopher Esry, 40-year-old Aaron Bloss, 29-year-old Travis Koenig and 22-year-old Steven Bell have each been charged in connection with the shooting deaths. All four suspects were arrested on January 1, the same day charges were filed. Bloss, Esry and Koenig have bonds set at $1 million cash. Bell has bond set at $100,000. All four defendants were scheduled for a preliminary hearing setting date on February 25th.
DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $80,000 TO EXPAND CALLAWAY COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT FEASIBILITY STUDY
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $80,776 in grant funding to the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission to further develop plans for the Callaway County Sewer District. The grant allows the planning commission to expand upon a prefeasibility study completed in 2016 and to identify the optimal location to construct the district’s first centralized county wastewater system.
The expanded study area will address the wastewater treatment needs of additional residential and commercial occupants, and a centralized wastewater collection and treatment system is expected to increase economic development opportunities within the area. The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission has identified the lack of wastewater infrastructure as one of the most significant barriers to economic development along I-70 where Boone County borders Callaway County.
Formation of the Callaway County Regional Sewer District was approved by voters on August 7, 2018. The feasibility study will provide county leaders with a clear plan for administratively and financially establishing the county sewer district, along with an outline for the initial phases of wastewater treatment consolidation to be undertaken by the district. Feasibility study contributing partners include the Callaway County Commission and the Callaway County Health Department.
For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-751-1300.
January 7, 2019
WAVERLY MAN ARRESTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
The highway patrol arrested 21 year old Austin W. Leroy of Waverly at 2:50 PM Sunday in Montgomery County. He was wanted on a misdemeanor Carroll County Warrant for failure to appear for no insurance. He was taken to the Montgomery County jail in lieu of bond.
BOONVILLE DRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH
A Boonville man has minor injuries but refused treatment after crashing his vehicle at the intersection of Route F and Route B in Cooper County at 1:15 Sunday morning. The patrol said 18 year old Hayden G. Dufur was eastbound when his pickup struck an embankment after failing to stop at a stop sign. He was charged with DWI-1st offense and taken to the Cooper County Jail in lieu of bond.
RAYTOWN DRIVER IN COOPER COUNTY WRECK
The highway patrol reports a Raytown driver was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Cooper County at 3:41 PM Sunday. According to the report, 25 year old Destanee R. Foster was eastbound on Interstate 70 at the 94 mile marker when her auto went off the left side of the road and struck the median cables. She was transported with serious injuries by Cooper County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department and Cooper County Fire Department provided on-scene assistance.
CHILD DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE AT BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY
A four year old Child is dead after being struck by a Columbia Police vehicle at Battle School Friday afternoon. The patrol reports the crash occurred in the parking lot of Battle High School at 3:56 pm Friday when a police car driven by Columbia Police Officer 27 year old Andria E. Heese of Columbia was eastbound in a roundabout at the west entrance to the high school. The driver exited the left side of the roadway with the intention of parking on the sidewalk so that the driver could observe students loading onto the school busses as a 4 year old was walking on the sidewalk and was struck by the police cruiser. The 4 year old girl that was struck was identified as Gabriella Curry of Columbia. She was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by University of Missouri Hospital EMS where she was pronounced deceased. The patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Unit conducted the crash investigation. A Prayer vigil was held Saturday night where signs, balloons and candles lit up the front of Battle High School in honor of the 4 year old.
Weekend Report- January 5-6, 2019
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Tuscumbia man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 6:30am Saturday morning in Miller County. The patrol says that 26 year old Sawyer Rush was on US 54 when his Hummer struck an unoccupied Chevy Trailblazer parked on the shoulder and then it went off the right side of the road, overturned, struck several trees and came to rest in a creek. He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.
DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK
A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Franklin County. 65 year old David Gumpenberger of Villa Ridge was on Route B when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times before it returned to the road where it came to rest. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH
A woman was hurt in a Sunday morning crash in Franklin County. 69 year old Linda Civey of Caledonia, MO was on Highway 47 when her truck ran off the east side of the road and struck two mailboxes. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.
January 4, 2019
NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL SWORN IN AT JEFFERSON CITY
Eric Schmitt was sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General today at the Missouri Supreme Court in a ceremony led by Chief Justice Zel Fischer. In remarks following the swearing-in, Schmitt emphasized his duty is to protect Missourians, and to serve as the lawyer for all six million Missourians. Governor Mike Parson announced the appointment of Schmitt as Missouri’s Attorney General on November 13, 2018. Schmitt previously served as Missouri’s 46th State Treasurer. During his time as State Treasurer, he protected Missouri taxpayers, supported small businesses, and empowered individuals and families. While Treasurer, he maintained Missouri’s AAA bond rating while overseeing the state’s $3.6 billion investment portfolio. Schmitt also previously served two terms in the Missouri State Senate and as an Alderman for the city of Glendale. In these roles, he worked to cut taxes for working families, improve educational opportunities for Missouri children, and advocate for those with special needs. Schmitt attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and continued his education to graduate cum laude from Truman State University, where he founded a Habitat for Humanity chapter. After graduation, he attended law school at Saint Louis University where he received his J.D. and served as an editor of the Law Review. He and his wife, Jaime, have three children, Stephen, Sophia, and Olivia.
MOBERLY POLICE TAKE PERSON INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON
A Columbia TV Station is reporting the Moberly Police Department took one person into custody after the person showed signs of mental distress and refused to let police into the home. KMIZ TV is reporting the situation happened Thursday afternoon in the area of Williams Street and resulted in St. Pius X School and Early Childhood Center to divert its pickup location for students. Officers were cautious with the situation as they could not confirm the subject was unarmed at the time, said Moberly police Chief Troy Link. Moberly officers, crisis negotiators and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were on scene. The subject was taken into custody without incident, Link said. According to St. Pius X School and Early Childhood Center, Williams Street was shut down, and students were dismissed from the east side of the building on Clark Street. A school official said Moberly police directed them to dismiss on the other side of the building. The school official did not have any other information about what was going on.
INVESTIGATION CONTINUES REGARDING SOUTH DAKOTA WOMAN KILLED IN I70 SHOOTING
The investigation continues and now the number of leads being pursued adds up to more than 90 in the death of Melissa Peskey. She was the South Dakota woman found shot to death in her car while her two children were in the back seat. The patrol continues to solicit and pursue leads in the mysterious death.
January 3, 2019
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE JJ WILL CLOSE THURSDAY AT PRICE’S BRANCH DUE TO DETERIORATION
This morning, Jan. 3, Montgomery County Route JJ will close at Price’s Branch, located 5 miles north of High Hill. Significant deterioration was found on the bridge, so for the safety of motorists, the bridge will be closed. Price’s Branch is scheduled to be replaced in the Spring of 2020, so the bridge will remain closed until that project is completed. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the closure.
ARMED ROBBERY AT MEXICO CASEY’S
On Monday, December 31, 2018, at approximately 10:45PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Casey’s Convenience Store located in the 1700 block of E Liberty in reference to a robbery. Responding personnel learned that a man entered the store, displayed what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded that the cashier give him money. Additional investigation indicates that the man fled the scene on foot, and then got into a car waiting a short distance away. The man is described as being around 5’5” tall and around 190 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, gloves, and a white mask similar to an “Insane Clown Posse” mask. The vehicle is generally described as a light colored, possibly white, sedan. Deputies from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office and their K9 unit assisted with the initial investigation. The suspect took less than $200. There were no injuries from the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.
COLUMBIA WOMAN WITH SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER HITTING TRUCK BACKING INTO PARKING LOT
A Columbia woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries after her eastbound auto struck a truck that had stopped on eastbound I-70 Drive, west of Rangeline Road in Columbia at 6:15 am. Authorities say 41 year old Michael Gully of Moberly was backing into a parking lot with the truck when it was struck by the other vehicle driven by 60 year old Valerie L. Prather of Columbia. She was transported to University Hospital in Columbia.
PATROL REPORTS 8 FATALITIES OVER NEW YEAR’S COUNTING PERIOD
Eight people died in traffic crashes during the 2019 New Year’s holiday weekend. Last year, there were seven fatalities. The 2019 New Year’s counting period ran from 6 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018, through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 352 crashes, 112 injuries 7 fatalities and 127 DWI’s. The remaining fatality was investigated by the Columbia Police Department. Last year, the Patrol investigated 229 traffic crashes, 77 injuries and 5 of 7 fatalities. Troopers also arrested 129 people for driving while impaired last year. No boating crashes or drowning occurred this year or last.
January 2, 2019
MEXICO WOMAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH NEW YEARS DAY
The Highway Patrol said a Mexico driver was injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment following a one vehicle crash at 5:22 am Tuesday. The report indicated 33 year old Christina L. Clay was westbound on MO US 22, just west of Audrain County Road 935 when she swerved to miss a car and her auto went off the right side of the highway and struck an embankment. Clay was transported by Ambulance to the Mexico Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
MEXICO MAN ARRESTED AFTER CHASE BY AUTHORITEIS
A Mexico man was arrested in Centralia after attempting to avoid arrest by fleeing. Authorities say Carl J. Dehn of Mexico was arrested near the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 151 in Centralia Monday night. According to the report he was driving with an expired driver’s license and the plates on his vehicle had been altered. They had tried to stop him for a vehicle registration violation about 6:30 pm on New Year’s eve and was located after he crashed his vehicle and ran. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol assisted in the arrest and authorities discovered methamphetamine, scales and other drug paraphernalia. He was also on parole for 2nd degree robbery at the time of his arrest and now faces additional charges involving forgery, resisting arrest, delivering a controlled substance.
COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE SHOOTING
Columbia Police responded to Bodie Drive and Edenton Boulevard at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday for a report of shots heard. Evidence of shots fired was located at the scene. Shortly after responding to the shots heard call, police responded to the Break Time convenience store located at 1000 Smiley Lane for a report of an individual with a gunshot wound. It was confirmed the victim sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital. CPD is currently investigating both incidents to determine if they are related to each other. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
MOBERLY MAN INVOLVED IN FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING PEDISTRIAN
Columbia Police said the incident occurred as 65 year old Samuel T. Holer of Moberly was traveling southbound on Highway 63 near Prathersville Road at 6:46 pm Tuesday and as he came around a curve he observed the pedestrian standing in the middle of the right lane in dark clothing and was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The pedestrian was later pronounced deceased at the hospital and has been identified as 44 year old Jason L. Harvey of Lake Ozark, MO. The investigation is ongoing.